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“The devil is your father”

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(SHARING TIME)

WHY did Jesus tell to the Jews that their father is the devil and not God?

JESUS was just telling the truth when he was confronted by those people skeptical about him.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was indeed sent by God to be our model for our own Salvation, and, thus, copy his ways of life here on the earth, in order for us to also inherit the kingdom of God.

THERE was a heated discussion that occurred between the Jews and Jesus himself. Jesus was trying to enlighten the people in those days everything in the Spiritual. But, all they knew of, were nothing but carnality. Their mindset was purely physical, thus, they never understood what the Lord was trying to point out.

LET us listen to their discourse:

“Jesus said, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. And, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. But, they argued “We are descendants of Abraham,” They said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, you will set us free?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me, because there’s no room in your hearts for my message. I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”

“Our father is Abraham!,” They declared. “No,” Jesus replied, “For if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example. Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing. No, you are imitating your real father.”

THEY replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true father.” Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but He sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying?” It’s because you can’t even hear me! For you are the children of your father the devil. And you love to do evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there’s no truth in him.  Whenhe lies, it is consistent with his character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell you the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! Which of you can truly accuse me of sin? And, since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God.  But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” The people retorted, “You are Samaritan devil!  Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?” “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in me. For I honor my Father—and you dishonor me. And though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is to glorify me. He is the true judge. I tell the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!” The people said, “Now we know you are possessed by a demon. Even Abraham and the prophets died, but you say, ‘Anyone who obeys my teaching will never die? Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets . Who do you think you are?” Jesus answered, “If I want glory for myself, it doesn’t count. But, it is my Father who will glorify me. You say he is our God. If Isaid otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know Him and obey Him. Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming..” The people said, “ You aren’t even fifty years old, how can you say you have seen Abraham?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am.” At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the temple. ( JOHN 8: 31-59).

TODAY is Sunday (Dec. 3) and this is Sharing Time.  (By JunFeliciano) (30)




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