TEXT: John 8:12-30
Charles Spurgeon said, "Christ so died that He infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ's death not only may be saved, but are saved, must be saved, and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved."
Jesus continues addressing the questions of the religious leaders regarding His nature. They want to know who He is, but they refuse to accept what He tells them about Himself. However, Jesus says there will come a time when they will realize who He is -- whether they choose to believe it or not -- and it will be because of something that they themselves have a hand in.
He says, "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."
The lifting up that Jesus is talking about here is not His being exalted or glorified; rather, it is His being lifted up from the earth on the cross -- an event which the Jewish religious leaders would push to make happen. Jesus tells these leaders that when they have finally accomplished their goal of seeing Him crucified, that is when they will realize that He is who He says He is. How can this be? Well, all along, Jesus has been telling them that He only does the will of God, His Father. They, of course, find that hard to believe -- even blasphemous. (Why would God tell any man to claim that he is God?) But, the real test of Jesus' obedience is the cross...
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