Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2424
Joh 8:19 That was why they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered “You know neither me nor my Father, if you knew me, you would also know my Father.”
Joh 8:20 He spoke these words by the treasure room, while teaching in the temple. But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
Joh 8:21 That was why he said to them again, “I’m going away; you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I’m going, you do not have the power to come.”
Joh 8:22 So the Jews said again, “He won’t kill himself, will he, since he says, ‘Where I’m going, you do not have the power to come’?”
Joh 8:23 He also told them “You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”
Joh 8:24 That was why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”
Already the Jewish mob had made plans to have Jesus killed. They were just waiting for the right time to arrest him — what John calls his hour. But then Jesus starts talking about an apparent escape. He says that he is going away, and the crowd will look for him, and not find him. They surmise that he must be planning to kill himself, because they are watching him closely, and cannot imagine him escaping from theirb plans.
But Jesus is not talking about escaping the cross. He’s looking beyond the cross, beyond his death. He is planning to return to his Father, because he knows that he came from above, not this world. His escape is a return to his former glory, and his pursuers do not have the power (δύναμαι) to follow him there.
Jesus made good his escape, not in death, but by resurrection and ascension. He is coming back to be our rightful king on this earth. But he chooses to give permanent life only to those who believe that he is who he says he is. All others will die in their sins.
LORD, we choose to believe in Jesus. Help us to reach as many as possible with the gospel truth about him.