Lesson 19 Jesus the Light of the World John 8:12-59
During the Feast of the Tabernacles the Jews remember their desert journey, for example, how God gave them bread/manna from heaven and water to drink and how he guided them during the night with a pillar of light. Jesus is telling the crowd: I am the bread from heaven, I am the living water, I am the light of the world, but the crowd doesn’t understand him. The people and Jesus are thinking in different ways. The people speak like those of the earth. Jesus speaks as one from heaven. So the people cannot understand him. They are from below, but he is from above. They belong to this world, but he does not. They depend on being members of Abraham’s family and that’s where their confidence rests in. They cannot agree with Jesus that they are slaves. Jesus explains to them what it means to be free: if the Son of God sets them free, they will really be free.
Question 1 What does Jesus promise us if we follow him? V12
Question 2 Jesus is giving his hearers a strong warning by repeating ‘you shall die in your sins’ V21+
Question 4 The Jews were under Roman occupation when they said to Jesus that they had never been in bondage to any man V33. a) what ‘freedom’ are the Jews talking about? b) What ‘freedom’ is Jesus talking about? c) are we sometimes in bondage and what do wee need to do to get free?
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