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I am the light of the world

We have one of the most famous passages of scripture as our reading today. Jesus' compassion, witness and deity are all detailed here. Be blessed in your reading and devotional time.

John 8:

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

The Woman Caught in Adultery

2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.

3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

4 they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.

5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?"

6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."

8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.

9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

10 Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

13 So the Pharisees said to him, "You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true."

14 Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.

18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me."

19 They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

21 So he said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come."

22 So the Jews said, "Will he kill himself, since he says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?"

23 He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins."

25 So they said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.

26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him."

27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father.

28 So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.

29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him."

30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

The Truth Will Set You Free

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

33 They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?"

34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.

35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.

38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."

You Are of Your Father the Devil

39 They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,

40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.

41 You are doing the works your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father---even God."

42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.

46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God."

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48 The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?"

49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me.

50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.

51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."

52 The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.'

53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?"

54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.'

55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad."

57 So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


Things to think about…

  1. The story of the woman caught in adultery has so many facets of fallen humanity on display, Jn 8:1-11. The older men drop their stones first, no doubt they were convicted first after recalling years of rebellion and 'sin', but Jesus also has a word for the woman – 'from now on, sin no more'. Let's remember grace with our interactions with each other when we stumble, while also encouraging one another to 'sin no more'.
  2. Jesus spoke in John 7 of coming to Him and receiving 'living water' Jn 7:38. This next day at the feast He says that He is 'the light of life', Jn 8:12. Imagine how these words and phrases would have been received by these first century Jews. Many would only come to fully understand them after the resurrection. Many more after Pentecost. When did you first understand these words? Literal living waters will flow out from the temple where Jesus spoke these words and we know as the primary resident of the Millennial temple Jesus will be the "light of life" for the earth. Jesus' words have spiritual, prophetic and even literal significance.
  3. Jesus says in Jn 8:26 "I have much to say about you and much to judge", Wisdom would say we need to meditate on the reality of this verse and live in the light of this truth, knowing that Jesus knows all when it comes to knowing about you! This of course makes Him a just judge. How wonderful it is for those who have had their sin forgiven through Christ's finished work on the cross.
  4. Jesus makes it fairly clear that if His followers refuse to hear and apply God's words they are not truly His – Jn 8:47. Jesus is fairly black and white on this. Our opinion is of little consequence if it is in direct opposition to scripture. In a day when prominent Christians are falling away from the faith due to an inability to accept Christ's words it is important to take Paul's advice "take heed how you stand, lest you fall", 1Cor 10:12.
  5. Two mind blowing, confronting statements of Christ are in this chapter - 'You are of your father the devil', Jn 8:44 and 'before Abraham was, I AM', Jn 8:58. In a nutshell Jesus was saying 'you are worshiping Satan but you should be worshiping me, because I am God'. No wonder they picked up stones to throw at Him – He was saying he was God. Deity in humanity was too much for them to grasp, even though He had performed many miracles that proved otherwise. How blessed are we, those who have not seen Him in the flesh and yet believe. Rejoice. If this is you, God's grace has been poured out abundantly upon you, rejoice!

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday morning's message on "God has left the building" from Ezek 10:15-22.

1.Ezek says God departed from the threshold, vs 18. Can you recall where in scripture God's presence is on display with certain people or the nation of Israel.

2.A few short years after this prophesy Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 586BC. Years later Jesus standing in the rebuilt temple said "destroy this temple and in 3 days I will rebuild it" Jn 2:19. What did He mean?

3.Is it possible to have the Holy Spirit be removed from a church, yet still gather as a church? What does that look like? Consider Rev 2:4,5.

4.Some people are concerned about God's presence leaving them and concerned about blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Why is it likely that such a person's concern is unjustified? Look at the promises for the true believer in Christ and God's promise that He would never leave or forsake them. Discuss this in the light of Rom 8:31-39.


Prayer Points

1.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying,

2.More Sunday school teachers

3.Those who are not well – Flu and other conditions. Continue to pray for Andre's heart health.

4.CBC's ministries for this term

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Next Sunday's messages. John 7"Who do you think you are Jesus" in the morning, "Tell me about yourself…again"– Axiom 6pm.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.The Lord blessed with His word and presence on Sunday.

2.Darrel Ponter starts a new job today – Hallelujah!

3.Murray out of hospital, pray he remains well on current medication.

4.New folk at church on Sunday

5.Our Lord's tangible presence at Sunday night's prayer service

6.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services

7.Unity, love and peace


Announcements

1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Members Meeting – This Sunday after the morning service.

3.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.

4.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church.

5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.

6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton

7.Working Bee at church – Saturday 14th Sept, start at 8am.


This month's catechism question...

Q. 3. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord's Prayer.

Bible Reference – Matt 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

I was blind, but now I see
Rivers of living water