The Gospel of John 8:48-59 (Jesus is accused of being demon-possessed) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 8:48-59 (Jesus is accused of being demon-possessed)



 

Here is the next section, John 8:48-59 where Jewish leaders accuse Jesus of being demon-possessed.

48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why would the Jews accuse Jesus of being a Samaritan and demon-possessed?
  2. The Jews misunderstood is comment, “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” What did Jesus mean by that?
  3. Why did the Jews try to stone Jesus when he said, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 
  4. What is one of the things people say to you (to reject Jesus) when you try to tell them about him.



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Rick says January 3, 2024

1. Why would the Jews accuse Jesus of being a Samaritan and demon-possessed?

The Samaritans lived in Samaria (land in present-day Israel between Galilee and Judah) who were not pure Jews by birth. They were descendants of those Jews who survived the Assyrian attack on the Northern Kingdom and intermarried with other nations. They also didn’t worship in Jerusalem, but at Mount Gerizim, with their own practices. To call Jesus a Samaritan is an insult to his heritage and his faith in God—mainly calling him a heretic. To call him demon-possessed it to say he is not from God, or crazy.

2. The Jews misunderstood Jesus’ comment, “Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” What did Jesus mean by that?

We can look at that at in a couple of ways. All who believe in Jesus will resurrect in bodily form. “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in my will live, even though he dies.’ (John 11:25). And Jesus was also speaking of the second, permanent spiritual death. “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

3. Why did the Jews try to stone Jesus when he said, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

“I am” is English for “Yahweh,” or God in Hebrew. If Jesus was not God, it would be blasphemy and punishable by death. When he said “I am,” he was saying Yahweh, which is the name the Jews used for God. He was saying he was God. He does it again at his trial. If he was not God, then stoning him to death for blasphemy was the penalty under Jewish law. Paul confirms this understand about Jesus’s deity. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17).

4. What is one of the things people say to you (to reject Jesus) when you try to tell them about him.

I find that many people have a predisposition of what it means to be a “Christian.” They start with the judgmental attitude of Christians they have met in the past. Or, they may respond that they don’t need to follow a church with ONE WAY to God and believe that if there is a God, just living a good life is all they need.

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