Summary: The way of salvation is Christ, the power of salvation is Christ’s life, and the result of salvation is Christ’s glory.
As we continue in our study of John we remember that Jesus is speaking with some of the Jewish leaders in front of a large crowd. Many from the crowd believe that He is the Messiah, but most of the leaders do not. Jesus tells them that if they really know God, if they really are of Him, they would know that what He is saying is true and they would believe Him. But they do not hear or understand because they are not of God. We pick up now with their response:
Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
They believed that they were God’s chosen people and that being Abraham’s descendants gave them some special favor, but not everybody thought that. The woman at the well wanted to know if true worship was done in the Jewish mountain or in the Samaritan mountain (4:20). The Jews said Jerusalem, but the Samaritans say, “No; you don’t have a monopoly on God or religion. We can worship here in Samaria.”
And so the Samaritans denied the special place of Jews and the Jews scoffed at the Samaritans; there was this rivalry between them. And so when Jesus says the Jews are not of God (v. 47) their reaction is to call Him a demon-possessed Samaritan. He must be crazy to think they don’t belong to God.
49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
Jesus is God’s Apostle (Heb. 3:1). An apostle is just one who is sent. When they dishonor Him, they dishonor the One who sent Him too. This was a long-standing tradition for them though. Jesus laments in Matthew 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee.” When they hear the truth they want to do what they’ve seen of their father. They lie and murder. They kill those who do righteousness. It’s not Christ who has a devil; they are of the devil and prove it when the dishonor the One sent from God.
50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
Jesus doesn’t seek His own glory, but the Father (the One who judges) seeks glory for Him. Look at how the Father views the Son from Hebrews one:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? (Heb. 1:1-13).
The Father has spoken through prophets and He’s given power to angels, but what compares to His Son? If the angels and prophets were honored and given glory, how much more should His everlasting Son receive? The warning in John 8:50 is that the Father not only promotes glory for the Son but He also judges those who dishonor Him.
51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.