What Does John 8:18 Mean?

"I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."

John 8:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Jesus had been introduced by John the Baptist as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. He had been identified as the promised Messiah, Who spent His time going about doing good, performing many mighty signs and miracles.. and healing all those that were sick in body and distressed in soul.

Jesus was in His final year of ministry having proclaimed Himself to be the true Bread from heaven, the Living Water for the thirsty soul, the Light of the world and the Son of the Most High God. His other many Messianic claims.. caused the Pharisees and leaders of the Jews to express increasing hostility towards Him and an even greater determination to discredit His name, by whatever means they could - no matter how destructive or untrue.

It was in His final year of ministry.. as Christ set His face as a flint towards Jerusalem and His fast-approaching prophesised death on the cross of Calvary drew closer.. that the enmity of the Scribes and Pharisees mounted in intensity - and a widening rift between true believers and those that hated Him began to develop.

Jewish dissatisfaction with Christ's claims to have been sent from God turned into an open challenge, that questioned Christ's own testimony as being grossly biased and legally insufficient. Despite Christ being God in the flesh and truth incarnate.. these legalists pointed to the Jewish Law given to Moses, to legitimately challenge Christ's own personal testimony.. pointing out that at least two witnesses would be required to justify the claim that He had come from His Father in heaven

There were many who testified to the truth of Christ's authority and authenticity. John the Baptist had identified Him as the Lamb of God years before. and His testimony was confirmed at His own baptism, by God the Father Himself.. when He spoke from heaven and said: this is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, also gave witness of Christ.. when He came and rested upon Him on that special, baptismal day. But all testimonies were refused.

The establishment did whatever they could to try to trip up the Lord Jesus and render His words as false.. even bringing a woman caught in adultery and using her to try to get Jesus to either 1) condemn a sinner who needs a Saviour by upholding the Law of Moses and stoning her with His own hand or 2) condoning sin by forgiving her of her sin, which totally opposed the Mosaic Law, which demanded stoning to death for the sin of adultery. Either way they knew that Christ's answer would condemn His own testimony and render Him as a liar before man and a blasphemer of God! But Christ's inspired answer silenced their foolish opposition: let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.

Christ is the way and the truth and the life. He is the eternal God and the sinners' Saviour and no matter how the Scribes and Pharisees sought to discredit Him, His testimony was true. Christ's testimony is still true and His testimony will remain true forever - and so Christ was able to reply unflinchingly to their biased and foolish accusations: I am He Who testifies about Myself.. and the Father Who sent Me testifies about Me also.  There was no greater witnesses to silence these proud and foolish Pharisees regarding Christ's claims to deity.. than the combined testimony of God the Son and God the Father.

Christ bore witness of His own sinless life and His claims to deity - and His Father in heaven also bore witness that the Person and Work of Christ was of God. How sad that those He came to save were the ones that rejected God's gift of salvation.

There are many proud and foolish people today that continue to seek to discredit the testimony of the eternal Son of God and the inspired Word of God. May we abide in Christ and trust His Word and demonstrate ourselves to be true disciples of the Lord Jesus - for He has promised that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your only begotten Son to be my Saviour and the Redeemer of the world. I pray that I may trust in the truth of Your Word, which is recorded in the inspirited Scriptures, so that whosever believes on Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of sins will not perish but have everlasting life. Thank You in Jesus name. AMEN.

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