Summary: Jesus makes an astounding claim—a person doesn’t have to die. We can all escape death. We, as Christians, know what Jesus meant by this, but the world does not understand. It’s up to us to show them what Jesus meant
In v. 51 of our passage tonight, Jesus makes an astounding claim—a person doesn’t have to die. We can all escape death. We, as Christians, know what Jesus meant by this, but the world does not understand. It’s up to us to show them what Jesus meant.
READ v. 48-50. I guess since Jesus has just accused the religionists of having the devil for their father, they figure they can throw some insults at Jesus as well. So they call Him a Samaritan and accuse Him of being demon-possessed.
Being a Samaritan was a charge that He was full of heresy, not worshipping the true God, but following and building up the false religion of the Samaritans.
Being demon-possessed was a charge that He was full of an evil spirit, a spirit that was out to destroy man and the true religion of God and its people.
Well Jesus answers their charge but notice that He said nothing about their racial slur. This racial comment was not worthy of comment by Jesus. There’s a lesson in that alone for us. Instead Jesus strongly denies their charge that He was demon-possessed. He knew exactly what He was saying and doing. He wasn’t insane. He was perfectly conscious of His actions. Let’s note three claims that Jesus makes:
1. Jesus claimed that His very purpose was to honor God. (v.49) There wasn’t an evil spirit in Him trying to destroy man and the worship of God. Quite the contrary. His very purpose was to honor God and to turn men to God.
2. Jesus claimed that man was the one who did evil to God. While Jesus honored God, man (in particular false religionists) tried to dishonor Jesus. And in dishonoring Jesus, they were dishonoring God. It was God’s love that had sent Him into the world to offer salvation. The real demon-possession was seen in those who dishonored Him while He offered God’s salvation to men.
3. Jesus didn’t seek His own glory. (v.50) Again, quite the contrary. He sought to glorify God by leading men to God.
READ v. 51-53. And here we have the great promise—a person can escape death. The religionists’ reaction was that they thought Jesus must be under a demon’s spell They thought He was insane. In their thinking, He must be demon-possessed because we all know that everyone dies. Who did Jesus think He was? In fact, that’s precisely what they asked. (v.53) Did He think He was greater than Abraham and the prophets?
READ v.54-59. Jesus tells of His authority to make such a glorious promise.
1. Jesus claimed that He was honored by God. He wasn’t out to honor Himself. If He sought His own honor it would amount to nothing. It’s the same with us. If we seek the honor and the praise for anything, it’s considered to be false honor. Self-honor is considered distasteful and usually turns people away. It certainly doesn’t attract people, right? For instance, you tell an adult how smart you think they are and they not only agree with you but add their own comments about how smart they are. Kind of makes you want to walk away.
Even though Jesus didn’t seek the honor, there is one who does honor Christ and that is His Father.