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ThoughtForWeek - 5th Sunday in May

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5th Sunday in May

John 8:48-59

The Jews answered and said to Him (said to Jesus), "Do we not say rightly that You
are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I
honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. But I do not seek My glory; there is One
who seeks and judges. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will
never see death."

The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the
prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.'
Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died
too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?" 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'; and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I
do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."

So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."

Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went
out of the temple. John 8:48-59 (NAS)


Why did the Jews pick up stones to throw at Jesus, when Jesus said "before Abraham
was, I am?"

Who was Jesus claiming to be?

Jesus says that "if anyone keep My word, he will never see ________."

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

May 1-7:New Testament -- Luke 20:1 - Luke 22:71. Old Testament -- 1 Samuel 17 -
2 Samuel 3.

May 8-14: New Testament -- Luke 23:1 - John 1:51. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 4 -
2 Samuel 20.
May 15-21: New Testament -- John 2:1 - John 5:47. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 21 -
1 Kings 8.
May 22-31: New Testament -- John 6:1 - John 9:12. Old Testament -- 1 Kings 9 - 2
Kings 5.

Easy-to-Read Version:

The Jews answered, "We say you are a Samaritan. We say a demon has come into you
[and made you crazy]! Are we not right when we say these things?" Jesus answered,
"I have no demon in me. I give honor to my Father. But you give no honor to me.
I am not trying to get honor for myself. There is One who wants this honor for me.
He is the judge. I tell you the truth. If a person obeys my teaching, then that
person will never die.

The Jews said to Jesus, "Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham
and the prophets died. But you say, 'The person that obeys my teaching will never
die.' Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? Abraham died. And the
prophets died too. Who do you think you are?" Jesus answered, "If I give honor to
myself, then that honor is worth nothing. The One that gives me honor is my Father.
And you say that he is your God. But you don't really know him. I know him. If I
said I did not know him, then I would be a liar like you are liars. But I do know
him. And I obey what he says. Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see
the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy."

The Jews said to Jesus, "What? You have never seen Abraham! You are not even 50
years old!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was born, I AM."

When Jesus said this, the people picked up rocks to throw at him. But Jesus hid,
and then he left the temple area. John 8:48-59 (ERV)
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