Jesus Reveals His True Identity, John 8:51-59

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Aug 26, 2012 in Sermons |

 

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Sermon on Sunday August 26, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate

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Jesus Reveals His True Identity

John 8:51-59

  • “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’ “Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?”
  • Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
  • So the Jews said to Him, “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 born, I am.” Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.
    John 8:51-59
  • There must be a positive response to Jesus invitation to an eternal relationship
  • “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”

                                John 8:51

  • There must be a positive response to Jesus invitation to an eternal relationship
  • Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

                                John 6:28-29

  • Jesus saves us from spiritual death
  • The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’

                                John 8:52

  • So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

                                1 Corinthians 15:42-44

  • Who does Jesus claim to be?
  • “Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?”

                                John 8:53

  • Jesus declares to be God Himself
  • Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.
  • “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to Him, “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 born, I am.” Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

                                John 8:54-57

  • Jesus and Abraham
  • Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, and said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by…
  • He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate. Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him.
  • Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ “Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Genesis 18:1-3, 8-14

  • Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

                                Genesis 1:26-27

  • By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
  • All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

                                Hebrews 11:8-10, 13

  •  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

                                Exodus 3:14

  •  “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. “I, even I, am the Lord, and there is no savior besides Me. “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange god among you; so you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And I am God. “Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”

                                Isaiah 43:10-13

  • Do you believe that He is God?
  • “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

                                John 8:24

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1. If someone were to ask you, “what do I need to do to go to heaven?” what would you tell them? Many Christians that I talk to either answer this question wrong (often based on works) or just aren’t sure what to say. Why do you think this is?  Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5. According to this scripture, should we be able to answer this question clearly?

2. Have you ever personally lead someone in prayer to accepting Jesus?  If yes explain how it went and felt. If not, why not?  Do you think God desires us to experience this? Read Matthew 9:37-38 & 1 Timothy 1:15.

3. Read John 6:28-29.  What did Jesus say was the one work (or response) that we must do?  Someone share the illustration of the tight rope walker and those who said they believed in his ability to carry someone to the other side.  How does this illustrate the correct response to Jesus? Could you see yourself sharing this illustration with someone?

4. Read John 8:54-57.  Why do you think that they picked up stones to throw at Jesus?  Read Isaiah 43:10 and discuss the connection to Jesus statement.

5. How could Jesus known Abraham, who lived and died thousands of years before Jesus was on earth?  Read Genesis 18:1-14 and discuss how this relates to Jesus.  Read 1 Peter 1:10-12. Discuss how prophets before Jesus birth new Him?

6. Read John 8:24.  What does this passage say is necessary to go to heaven and not die in our sins?  Read John 20:28-31. Who did Thomas declare Jesus to be? What did Jesus say the point of his signs and miracles? What is the result of believing (life changing faith not dead faith)? How does John 5:18 explain the significance of Jesus declaring God as His Father making Himself the Son of God?

7. Read Galatians 1:6-10; 1John 2:22-24 & Acts 8:35-38.  In light of all these lessons how important is believing in the true identity of Jesus as God?  What are some examples of different Jesus’ being proclaimed today and wanting to be called Christian?

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