What Does John 8:19 Mean?

So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also."

John 8:19(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Lord Jesus was the living Bread that had come down from heaven to feed His people Israel and to save them from their sins. Jesus was the eternal Son of the living God, Who laid aside His glory so that He might become the Kinsman-Redeemer of the fallen human race.

Jesus was God incarnate, the Lord's anointed Messiah and only begotten Son of God. And for a time He set aside the heavenly glory He shared with His Father.. from before the foundation of the world, so that He could live and die as the perfect pattern of human life. He was the singular example to humanity of how God wants all His children to live - in spirit and in truth.. and fully submitted to the will of God.

Man is the only created being that was made in the image and likeness of God. Man was created to be God's personal representative on earth.. and was appointed to govern God's creation under His sovereign authority. But because the first man sinned and fell from his exalted position, all humanity became estranged from our heavenly Father and were incapable of living in the way that God purposed for all men to live.

Through wrong choices we became slaves to Satan and were born in bondage to sin. However, by choosing to trust in God's Word and to live by faith in Christ, we are brought into the family of God.. forgiven of our sins and declared to be righteous in His sight - and it is all by faith in Christ's perfect sacrifice on the cross. And so by faith we were made children of God and given a glorious inheritance, which is kept for us in heaven.. and has been stamped with the eternal seal of God's unchangeable truthfulness.

Jesus came to earth as the perfect pattern of humanity. He demonstrated from start to finish the conduct and character that exemplifies a Son of God.. for Jesus only said what He heard from the Father and did only what He was told to do by His Father - in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. But the small-minded, proud-hearted, hypocritical scribes and Pharisees challenged every claim of Christ: saying to Him, 'Where is Your Father?'

How astonishing to realise that standing before these fallen men was the eternal Son of God - the perfect Son of Man, through Whom the heaven and earth was made.. and yet these arrogant men refused to acknowledge incarnate Truth, which they saw with their own eyes and heard with their own ears.

Jesus was the exact image of the invisible God. He was the eradicated brightness of God's glory, and an exact representation of God's very being. He was the Word made flesh Who had come to tabernacle amongst His people for a time.. to tell them about the Father, to show them how to live and to give His life as the ransom price for many. But they would not listen to anything He said and questioned every truth He shared.

Jesus answered sadly, 'You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also. All things had been delivered up to the Lord Jesus by the Father and Jesus graciously came to earth to reveal the Father to a race that had become estranged from God because of sin. God is Spirit, but the Son had come to earth, clothed in human flesh... and His mission was to fully reveal the Father to mankind.. for no one is able to know the Father except the Lord Jesus Christ and whoever He choses to reveal Him to.

It is only the one that knows the SON who is able to know the FATHER also. All rule and authority has been given by God the Father to God the Son and those that acknowledge the Son also acknowledge the Father. How sad that spiritual myopia and foolish pride can cause men to miss the Redeemer of the world.. for only those that put their trust in HIM for the salvation of their soul by faith, will not perish but have everlasting life

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that by grace Your Holy Spirit convicted me of sin and righteousness and judgement.. Thank You that by faith in Christ I have been set free from slavery to sin and given life eternal.. Thank You also, that I have been given free and unhindered access into the very presence of the Majesty on high.. to Whom be all might, majesty, dominion and power.. both now and into the eternal ages to come - praise His holy name, AMEN.

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