The woman caught in Adultery:
(Read John 8:1-11)
The eighth chapter begins with the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus was teaching in the temple during the feast of tabernacle. The Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery before Christ to trap him. This was their brilliant plan to turn the people against him. They said according to Law of Moses adultery was punishable by death. So what do you say? If Jesus let her go, He is guilty of breaking the law. If He passes judgment on her, they could blame Him for breaking the Roman law. Jesus challenged their conscience by saying "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her" (8:7). Then Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground. May be Jesus was writing the Ten Commandments or the sins of those who brought the woman before Him. When the accusers heard this, they all dropped their stones and walked away probably out of conviction of their own sin. The woman was left alone before Jesus. He did not condemn her. In mercy and love Jesus forgave her and said "Go and sin no more". Only Christ can forgive sin because He is God.
Jesus is the Light of the World:
(Read John 8:12-30)
Following the incident of the adulterous woman Christ made his second claim "I am the light of the world". At the Feast of Tabernacle four golden lamps were lit in the temple court. During this celebration Jesus made this statement “I am the light of the world whoever follows me will not live in sin but have the light of life” (8:12). Light is a rich Old Testament symbol. It was the first thing God created (Gen 1:3). Israel was led by the pillar of cloud and the pillar of light in their wilderness. King David sang that "The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear (Psalm 27:1). God himself would be our light in the New Jerusalem (Rev 22:5). Jesus is the light promised in the Old Testament and shines in the world of darkness and sin. Sin always brings condemnation. He came not to judge but to save the world (John 17-18). We often focus on other's sin rather than our own sins. Sins can eat away our conscience. There is plenty of forgiveness with Christ for those who come to Him. When we turn to Jesus the source of truth, we find no condemnation but grace and forgiveness. Religious leaders questioned Christ and refused to believe His claim. No one can question the validity of Jesus claims because of the witness of the Father. His resurrection and ascension prove that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 1:3). The Word of God testifies of Him (John 5:37-39). His transforming power of life is another evidence of His deity. Pharisees missed their last chance to turn to Jesus as their Messiah (8:21, 22). Refusing to believe in Christ is the unpardonable sin. Those who believe Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved. He can save anyone, anytime and anywhere.
Jesus gives freedom from sin:
(Read John 8:31-38)
People believed in Jesus for various reasons. Jesus said to them, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free" (8:31, 32). Our family heritage and religious background are no guarantee of our salvation. The test of true faith is our abiding in the Word. Abide simple means to continue in His Word. The closer we live in obedience to His word; the more we experience God’s presence in life. True freedom requires right relationship with God. Jesus came to proclaim the good news and set the captives free (Luke 4:16-21). He came to bring truth to the world (John 18:37). Truth is the reality of God. Jesus is the embodiment of truth and grace (John 1:14). Apart from Christ there is no spiritual freedom. He who practices sin is in the bondage of sin. Jesus said "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (8:36). Family heritage will not free us from bondage of sin. Jews claimed that Abraham is their Father. Abraham believed God but Jews sought to kill Jesus. The Devil is a murderer from the beginning. He is a liar and the father of all lies. None can claim God as their Father who would not have his Son as their Savior. Jesus Challenged the Jews “Which one of you will convict me of sin? None could bring any accusation against Jesus. What a great Savior!
Before Abraham was, I AM:
(Read John 8:39-59)
Jews claimed that Abraham is their Father but they did not believe Jesus. Though Jesus was less than fifty years old, he claims to have lived before the time of Abraham (8:57-58). He was from eternity and is the great I AM. Also Jesus Said Abraham rejoiced to see His day. Abraham saw in faith Jesus, in the birth of Isaac (Gen 12:3). He saw the promise afar off (Heb 11:13). Jesus claimed his divinity is an unmistakable term here. He later said that "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (!4:9). So Jewish leaders pick up stones to kill him. They accused Jesus that he is a demon possessed Samaritan. But Jesus hid himself from them and went out of the temple. There is no clearer revelation of God than Jesus Christ (Heb 1:3). Do you know this Savior who loved you and gave Himself for you? Jesus is the light of the world. Pray for those who are enslaved to sin and ask God to show the freedom that is available in Christ.