“Abraham rejoiced to see my day”

The Lord Jesus Christ did his best to show the Jews the truth of his deity, but they were not receptive.

In John 8, Jesus told them Abraham rejoiced to see his day. The Jews, not believing the statement said, “You are not yet 50 years old and have seen Abraham?” Then Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” The Jews would have stoned the Lord right then and there because they knew he claimed that he was God. As F.F. Bruce wrote, “He was using language which only God could use.”[1]

Jesus attempted to show and prove that he is the Messiah for which the Jews had waited. True, however, to the prophecy of Isaiah, “he was despised, and we considered him insignificant,” (Isaiah 53:3).

Think of it. The son of God comes to earth and the very people who should have believed and obeyed him “considered him insignificant.” The Jews thought Jesus was simply a human being and was not the teacher others believed he was. He was, to them, insignificant.

Even now to many people, Jesus is insignificant. Many think religion is “the opiate of the masses.” It is like a drug designed to put people at ease. Others think Jesus of the Bible is a fraud or a fairy tale unworthy of anyone’s belief. Of course, these same misguided souls believe the world came about as the result of a colossal accident.

But if Jesus is truly the son of God, then shouldn’t we have some kind of incontrovertible evidence? As a matter of fact, we do. We have the inspired word of Almighty God in the Bible, a series of documents that have survived intact longer than any other printed word in the history of man.

What do you think of Jesus? Is he the most significant person who ever lived (and continues to live)? Each one of us must decide.

[1] The Gospel and Epistles of John, by F.F. Bruce, Wm. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1983.

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