Never Taste Death on the Road to Belief (John 8:48-59)Pastor Matt Prine, August 14, 2011
Part of the To Belief series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There have been numerous movies made about people who seek eternal life by searching for the fountain of youth, putting on the "One Ring", drinking from the Holy Grail, or take the magic pill... What we know for sure is that in the real world, none of these things exist and people die every day. Jesus says in John 8:51 that if anyone keeps His word, "he will never see death." Obviously, this is a tough passage to reconcile if we take it strictly in the physical sense. So, what did Jesus mean when He said that? What are the implications of this statement for those who are called Christians? How will we respond to this truth? Not only did Jesus make this hard hitting statement, He also makes perhaps the most clear proclamation of His divinity in the book of John. Join us as we walk through John 8:48-59 and are sharpened by God's Word.
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48Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily,verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (KJV)