“I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.” (John 8:25-27)
As we continue to examine the dialogue in John 8 between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders of His day, the incapability of fallen people to inherently understand the Gospel is glaringly apparent. In spite of their religious status, these leaders were unable to comprehend what Jesus was saying. As we saw yesterday, it was because they did not belong to the Kingdom of God but rather the Kingdom of the Devil.
I can certainly relate to this. For you see, I was raised in a religious home. We went to church every Sunday. My parents made this a priority. They made sure my sister and I were in church, Sunday school, confirmation classes, etc. It was a part of the weekly schedule of our lives.
During my rebellious teenage years, I acquired a job at Burger King which required me to work on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I drifted away from, what had been for sixteen years, my weekly routine. My parents didn’t mind because getting a job was an understandable reason for missing church.
When a co-worker invited me to their church, for a Sunday evening service of all things, I accepted. Mind you, this was not because I was interested in spiritual things or biblical truth, but rather because I was interested in the girl.
During the service, I noticed something different about the people who were participating. I observed a true, or real conviction, to what they were singing and saying. Yet, at the same time I did not understand it. These people possessed a joy and happiness which I did not have, in spite of all my religious upbringing.
It was when, a little over 18 months later, that God converted me by His sovereign grace and I became a follower of Jesus Christ. It was only then that I “could” understand the Gospel because of the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work (John 3:1-8).
Such was the case with these who Jesus spoke to in John 8. In spite of many witnesses to Jesus’, which John records in the early chapters of his gospel, these religious leaders could not believe. They embodied the truth of John 6:35-66.
To those in your life who have yet to trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, earnestly pray for them that the Holy Spirit would regenerate their souls and they would become followers of Jesus. I am grateful for those I know, and those I don’t, who prayed for that to occur in my own life. Thank you Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!