23 March 2010

"I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." (v.21)


Taken from a longer passage which some call 'The Validity of Jesus' Testimony' (John 8:12-30), this section of John's Gospel explores Christ's destiny. Jesus will die and the people will look for him, but he will not be in the tomb where they have laid him. The passage moves towards Christ's inevitable destiny of sacrificial death on the Cross and his resurrection on the third day. The term "lifted up" is normally used in the New Testament to mean 'exalt' but here in John's Gospel it means crucifixion.

Jesus also talks of his followers' sin, meaning that at the time of his death and crucifixion, the people will still be sinners. To say that they will die 'in sin' is to warn them that if they do not accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour then this will be unavoidable (see verse 24).

Jesus tells the Jews that he is 'in' the world but not 'of' the world. This may mean that those 'of' the world were Satan's domain; that Jesus was beyond the clutches and temptations of the human world because he was God's son.

To Ponder

If you are a Christian, how are you preparing for Holy Week (when we remember the events leading up to Jesus' death)?

What do you think is meant by Jesus being 'in' the world but not 'of' the world?

Bible notes author: Sanya Strachan

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