John 8:54

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.’ (ESV)

  1. Jesus is trying to bring the focus back to the Father and they are trying to bring the focus back to him. They were saying, “who are you to place yourself higher than Abraham and higher than the prophets.” And the intent of Jesus was not to boast about himself or lift himself up but to acknowledge the work of the Father.

    Jesus is saying, “If I speak words about myself outside of what God has already spoken about me, then are own words are nothing.”

    Now it is an interesting statement for Jesus to make because Jesus is God. Now it I impossible for Jesus to speak and have his words not be of God. But he makes this statement within the context of the crowds earthly understanding. And so says, “If I give myself glory that God has not given me, my words are nothing. They are useless.

    But then Jesus says in verse 54 but my Father who YOU claim as your God has glorified me, he is the one who sent me. Jesus had a personal relationship with the Father, a family relationship with the Father and the Jews had a formal relationship with the Father, a religious, a ceremonial relationship with the Father. Or In our day in age, we might say, a Sunday morning relationship with Father.
    When we have a personal relational with God, when we have surrendered our life to God we are going to act and speak and live differently than those who do not. Jesus is going to make this point in verse 55.

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