(Joh 8:1-59) HCSB
“Jesus spoke to them again; I am the light of the world, v 12.”
“…My testimony is valid, because I know where I come from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. v14”
“I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and therefore you do what you have heard from your father.”
Here two fathers are spoken of, according to the son of one Father, the other sons Father is the devil and they to whom he spake, the sons thereof. The sons of man are divided into two families–Christ’s and the devil’s. And the two are enmity to one to the other. Christ’s doctrine was from heaven; it was copied out of the counsels of the infinite wisdom of the kind intentions of an eternal love.
” I speak that which I have seen…and you do what you father does. For he is the father of lairs and you are his children.”
“The doctrine of Christ is not a plausible hypothesis, supported by probable arguments, but it is an accounting of the incontestable truths lodged in an eternal mind. For it was Christ’s prerogative to have seen what he spoke and to speak what he had seen. No one else can make this claim…Corinthian 2:9
The uncertainty as to who Chris was made them, the leaders question his authority to force obedience from them. And since criticism of Religion is the first law in the science of critical thinking we can see why a crowd of learned men, of Jewish laws and jurisprudence, would take offense from a carpenter’s son criticism of their tradition. For man constructs traditions out of fear for the uncertain. And puts them into an organized religion so that others may find comfort in this group effort. A comfort of collectivism, well-being, harmony, etc., as is propagandize by all governments: well-being.
Religion is one vehicle that models this behavior, another is Philosophy. Think of all the years each culture has spent accumulating, recording, and passing on organized knowledge. That whys the printing press was invented: so the common man could learn to read about things the collective were doing; and, what was the first book ever printed? The Holy Bible, go figure.
Christ’s explanation for his authority was too simple: “I’m from above, I do the things my father does, and you the things you see your father does…” Intimating that his knowledge was from above and not man made. But one of divine wisdom and forethought. Something they could not comprehend at the time. Nothing esoteric about that statement, any peasant could understand those terms. It was only exclusionary to them–the ruling class. For the peasant it gave hope that things can get better. Your station in life is not written in stone.
It has been nearly three thousand years since Christ walked and spoke amongst us and still there is much disbelief. Think it not suspect that when they heard this for their first time it undoubtedly angered them also: “How dare he?” “A peasant. Who does he think he is ? Isn’t this Joseph boy, whose mother conceived him before she was married to Joesph? Poor man has been certainly cursed. First an illegitimate son and next the boy grows up to be mad with delusion.” Miracles not withstanding.