June 23, 2016

John 8:12–20

Jesus proclaims himself as “the Light of the world,” which indeed he is! Once again, the Pharisees, totally rejecting him, resented Jesus bearing witness of himself. According to the law, the testimony of two men confirmed the issue and made it true. He told them the Father also bore witness of who he was, which, of course, they did not believe or receive. As prophesied in Scripture: they heard but did not “hear;” they saw, but did not “see.” They could see with physical eyes and hear with physical ears, but were spiritually blind and deaf. Many times in Scripture the Heavenly Father bore witness that Jesus was his beloved Son. Such was the event at the Mount of Transfiguration when the voice of the Heavenly Father came out of the cloud and said, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.” At his baptism, John the Baptist declared, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him … I saw and bore witness that this is the Son of God.”

As born-again believers, we need no proof as to who Jesus is, for his Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and bears witness to us of his presence always. “By this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us” (1 John 3:24). In addition, we have this wonderful promise: “By this we know that we dwell in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13).