John 8: 19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. 20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. 21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
The Pharisees asked Jesus questions. This calls to answer several notions people have about Christianity and religion. Man tends to form his own ideas about how to get to heaven and know the Lord. Here it is plain and simple. Jesus squashed the idea that a person can know God without trusting Jesus as Savior. People say they know God but don’t accept and trust Jesus to live a Christian life. If you don’t believe on Jesus you cannot know God. Without the Son you won’t know the Father. You won’t know that you must deal with your sins. You won’t realize you’re a sinner who must be washed and made whole. Outside of Jesus there is no salvation. To be saved one must be saved from his sins. The Bible says Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.
Knowing Jesus is more than knowing he was born in Bethlehem and was a great teacher. Many believe that. If you have not trusted Jesus as the Savior who died on Calvary, regardless of the knowledge you have of his life, you’re not saved. Jesus gave himself to the death. His life would only be a life of wonder if not for his death and resurrection. All of it gives us salvation. You’ll never be good enough to be saved. Don’t get the cart before the horse. You get saved first and then live a Christian life. You can never live it on your own. You must first accept Jesus. The only way to live for him is to allow him to be Master of your life. Through your continued faith in him you will have victory.
The Pharisees asked Jesus where his father was. The fact that they asked meant they didn’t know him at all. No man can know God apart from Jesus. In human form Jesus looked and talked like they did, but he was the Son of the living God, the only begotten Son. That was the plan of God. To come to God you must go through the Son. Believing Jesus is God’s Son is the first step. You have to turn your life over to him.
Verses 21-24 let us know our inability to claim anything outside of Jesus. In their current condition Jesus told them that where he was going they could not go. He knew he had to die. Our sins were in the way of us and heaven. Jesus is the only one who could fix the problem. Verse 23 outlines the problem. Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. Our position—being in our sins—makes us of this world and beneath God. I can’t fix my sins. None of us have ever been over our sins. We were born in sin. When we realized right from wrong and rejected Jesus, we became accountable to God and responsible for our sins. Jesus is above our sins. Aren’t you glad for what Jesus did! He said if we don’t believe in him we’ll die in our sins.
Then they asked Jesus who he was. The God they said they worshipped sent Jesus and was his Father, but they didn’t get it. Trying to get to heaven in our reasoning will confuse and cloud our minds. All we have to do is trust and believe Jesus and what he did for us. That’s how it works.
In verses 28-29 Jesus said when ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. For some reason what Jesus said caught the attention of the people. Verse 30 states as he spake these words, many believed on him. Under their sin they couldn’t see the light, but after the crucifixion they would understand. It is his death, burial and resurrection that enables us to understand we must have Jesus to get to God and heaven. The only way to know deliverance from sin is by trusting and beholding the Savior on the cross.
Not only was the crowd, Pilate, the Romans and the Jews responsible for what happened we were too. Jesus didn’t die for a few. He died for the entire human race. He hung on the cross and became the sacrifice for sins. You and I will go nowhere without Jesus. Our sins were responsible. It reminds me of the words to that old song: “who am I that a King would bleed and die for?” No one had ever lived a completely sinless life and died for it. He took us and our sins with him to the cross. Only God could do that for us. Physically there was room for only one on that cross, but Jesus took the sinful part of humanity and bore it with his suffering. The weight of what we were was on him. Instead of us suffering, he did. In effect he said “when you see my suffering, my dying, my cross, my crown of thorns you’ll know.” Our sins condemned him. He didn’t have to take it but he did. He allowed himself to be nailed to the cross and hang there six hours. He squeezed out seven statements during his suffering. Behold the Savior. God covered the earth in darkness and Jesus uttered “it is finished.”
He became the Savior of the world. Our sins had been paid for. That’s the way to know God. That’s the way to heaven. That’s the way to deal with sin. Look to the cross and trust the risen Savior. Don’t doubt it. Believe. Many in the crowd that day believed. Will you be one of the crowd that believes? Go to Calvary and take a fresh look at the Savior.