25 Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Questions to Consider:
Generally, when I teach in a church setting, most of the crowd are believers in Christ; and even those who do not profess faith in Christ do not engage in arguments or heckling. When Jesus taught in a public setting, He was generally speaking to a crowd of people that were split into those who believed in Him and those that were opposed to Him. (I'm sure there were a bunch on the fence as well) This is why Jesus alternated between defending Himself and pro-actively declaring the good news.
Jesus was asked the crucial question. v.25 "Who are You?" Jesus answers by connecting two important concepts. 1) Truth v.26; v.32; and 2) Freedom v. 32; v. 33; v. 36. When you tie these concepts together it equals the grand idea that if a person believes in Jesus (who is the Christ and is God the Son) they have in fact, embraced the most important truth in the known universe; and this truth has the power to break the bondage of sin and set people free. Jesus lays out a very sophisticated line of reasoning:
The good--no, make that the great news: Those who put their trust in Jesus are the sons and daughters of God. In the words of King David. "And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever!"
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