What Abraham saw (John 8)

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” John 8:56

There are days when what we see leaves us exhausted.   I recently had one of those days as I spend the entire day visiting and caring for our church families who were facing a series of difficult moments.  As I ministered I took heart in knowing that each of those families were followers of Christ.

As we look at John chapter 8 we see Jesus coming to the temple after the Feast of Booths.  The crowd gathers to hear Jesus teach.  Suddenly the moment was interrupted by the Scribes and Pharisees.  It is clear from the text: “These leaders were walking in darkness.”

Jesus speaks words of liberation to the woman caught in the act of adultery.  However Jesus teaching does not affect the darkness in these men’s lives.  As Jesus debated with them, many in the crowd believed.  To these people Jesus directed them to abide in Him.  As they did they would live in freedom.  Still yet the scribes and Pharisees remained in the darkness.

By verse 39, one can clearly understand that what they were seeing was totally different from what Jesus was telling them to see.  Finally the debate comes to its climax when Jesus said, “Abraham looked forward to seeing me and he did.”

This may raise some questions for you as it did for the people in the darkness.  How could Abraham see Jesus if He lived 4000 years before Jesus walked among men?  Answer, before Abraham there was the “I Am” (Jesus Christ).

Abraham’s life was filled with moment after moment when he was pointed to Jesus and His coming to be the Savior of the world.  The high moment would have been in Genesis 22 when God provided for Himself a ram.  Paul in Galatians 3:7,9 teaches us that Abraham was saved by faith in the Messiah that was to come.

The leaders did not see this truth, but Abraham did.  Now the question turns to us, “What do we see?”  Here is what I see on this Tuesday:

  1. I was born as a sinner, just like the woman in John 8.
  2. Only Jesus could bring me to the place to see that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, John 8:11-12.
  3. It is Christ alone who can set me free from the bondage of sin, John 8:31-38.
  4. Today I follow the leadership of my heavenly Father, John 8:39-48.
  5. Some day, I will see Jesus face to face, John 8:58.

So when our days become difficult we must look up because our redemption is drawing nigh.  So when we meet people who are in darkness we are to point them to the light within us so that they will come to the light.

Oh how I pray you see amazing things today!!!

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