The Jewish opposition answered, “We were right to say that you are a Samaritan and have a demon, weren’t we?” “I don’t have a demon,” Jesus replied. “But I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I’m not trying to bring glory to myself. There’s one who is seeking to glorify me, and he’s the judge. I assure you that whoever keeps my word will never die.” The Jewish opposition said to Jesus, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham and the prophets died, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never die.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died and the prophets died, so who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is meaningless. My Father, who you say is your God, is the one who glorifies me. You don’t know him, but I do. If I said I didn’t know him, I would be like you, a liar. But I do know him, and I keep his word. Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see my day. He saw it and was happy.” “You aren’t even 50 years old!” the Jewish opposition replied. “How can you say that you have seen Abraham?” “I assure you,” Jesus replied, “before Abraham was, I Am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the temple. (John 8:48-59, CEB)
They picked up stones and threw them at Jesus. Why?
The last thing Jesus said to them was “I assure you,” Jesus replied, “before Abraham was, I Am.” I am. ἐγὼ εἰμί.
When Moses was at the bush and asked God what God’s name was. What was God’s response? I am that I am. ἐγὼ εἰμί.
Jesus just said he is God. Why would they not stone him?
People didn’t buy all the things Jesus said.
Do you believe you will never die? And what does it mean to die?
Sometimes I think death is feeling unloved.
We need to love everyone so that all can know that Jesus was here for them. And they can know the love of God.
Loving People. Loving God.