Jesus Is Eternal

Jesus states he is eternal

John 8:48-59

“You Samaritan! Foreigner! Devil!” the Jewish leaders snarled. “Didn’t we say all along you were possessed by a demon?”

“No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me. And though I have no wish to make myself great, God wants this for me and judges those who reject me. With all the earnestness I have I tell you this—no one who obeys me shall ever die!”

The leaders of the Jews said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the mightiest prophets died, and yet you say that obeying you will keep a man from dying! So you are greater than our father Abraham, who died? And greater than the prophets, who died? Who do you think you are?” Then Jesus told them this: “If I am merely boasting about myself, it doesn’t count. But it is my Father—and you claim him as your God—who is saying these glorious things about me. But you do not even know him. I do. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But it is true—I know him and fully obey him. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He knew I was coming and was glad.”

The Jewish leaders: “You aren’t even fifty years old—sure, you’ve seen Abraham!”

Jesus: “The absolute truth is that I was in existence before Abraham was ever born!”

At that point, the Jewish leaders picked up stones to kill him. But Jesus was hidden from them, and walked past them and left the Temple.

In accordance with the law in Leviticus 24:16, the religious leaders were ready to stone Jesus for claiming to be God. They well understood what Jesus was claiming, and because they didn’t believe him, they charged him with blasphemy.

The True Son of God

This is one of the most powerful statements uttered by Jesus. When he said that he existed before Abraham was born, he undeniably proclaimed his divinity. Not only did Jesus say that he existed before Abraham; he also applied God’s holy name (I Am in Exodus 3:14) to himself. This claim demands a response. It cannot be ignored. The Jewish leaders tried to stone Jesus for blasphemy because he claimed equality with God. But Jesus is God. How have you responded to Jesus, the Son of God?

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