“You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’” John 8:57-58.
If someone were to advertise a certain lotion to you saying that this is the lotion of life and that if you apply it on your body, you will never die again, I am sure you will be more than happy to buy it regardless of the price.
That lotion is available; it is the word of God. Jesus tells us today that “if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” John 8:51. In this way, Jesus re-echoes what he earlier said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever.” John 6:51.
Of course, in both instances, the Jews did not believe him and we cannot blame them too much because they had nothing to prove the Divinity of Jesus. However for us who have the privilege of living in this age and time who have come to know that Jesus is truly God, we would have ourselves to blame seriously if we also do not believe.
In the course of his interaction with the Jews, Jesus said: “Before Abraham was, I am.” Just as God revealed himself to Moses as “I Am” in Exodus 3:14, Jesus was simply telling them: “I am God.” By saying “I am” instead of “I was” Jesus meant to say He always is and will be forever.
The Jews who had not seen the resurrection just couldn’t take it; they picked up stones to throw at him. The reaction of the Jews is a reflection of how we sometimes react to the truth. Instead of embracing it, we try very hard to fight it.
Abraham did not react this way when God entered into a covenant with him. Even though he did not see God face to face, he accepted God’s word as truth. He believed everything God said to him. Even without having a child yet, he accepted the change of name from Abram (which means ‘exalted father’) to Abraham (which means ‘father of multitude’).
Unlike the Jews, Abraham believed the impossible and did the unthinkable. No wonder Jesus said Abraham is not their father.
Dear friends, the questions for us today are: Do I really believe Jesus is God or is it the case that I am still doubting like the Jews? Do I believe that by keeping the words of Jesus, I will live forever?” And since I desire to live forever, what stops me from keeping the words of Jesus? Why am I constantly disobeying the word of God by committing sin?
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, bless me with the kind of faith Abraham had. Amen.
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent. Bible Study: Genesis 17:3-9 and John 8:51-59).*