November 26, 2021
Scripture: “These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.” John 8:20 ESV
Observation: In this chapter of John’s Gospel, we first read how the scribes and Pharisees attempted to entrap Jesus regarding justice (stoning an adultress woman according to Jewish law) versus mercy (defending her life). Jesus masterfully turns the tide and exposes their sins that are worthy of condemnation. Then he once again engages with the religious leaders about his identity and his consequential authority to forgive sins. This time, the Son of Man proclaims that he is not only the Living Water and the Bread of Life but the Light of the World. As we would imagine, this third “I Am” statement (that insinuates that Jesus is one with God) does not go over well with the power brokers of the Jewish theocracy (who were already plotting his arrest and execution). But no worries, “his hour had not yet come.”
Takeaway: Jesus’ bold confrontation with the religious leaders is breathtaking. He doesn’t let up with exposing their sinful, hardened hearts. And he compounds his inevitable demise by seemingly speaking heresy as the self-proclaimed Son of God. But too much is at stake to couch his words and avoid conflict. Present company and future generations would need to hear his words of comfort and assurance. No fear of death will stop him from proclaiming the truth of his identity and mission: the Son of God will light our path and lead us to the Father. And just as Jesus boldly tread into conflict, knowing his time had not yet come, so we can courageously follow his illuminated lead without fear of life or limb.
Prayer: Father God, would you please instill in us Christlike confidence that our years here on earth are safely guarded and guided by your Holy Spirit, that we might boldly walk in the light of your Son? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling
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