56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
59 Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Someone has said that Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. The Pharisees thought him both liar and lunatic as recorded in John 8. They declared Jesus a liar and he said that if he believed what they believed he would be a liar like them. They declared to Him that they had Abraham as their father then Jesus told them the truth about Abraham that Abraham rejoiced when Jesus was born. Of all of the men of history, Abraham would have understood the purpose of Christ for He was the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham.
God told Abraham that through his children all of the world would be blessed. The nation of Israel, though a great nation, has not blessed all of the nations of the world. So while Abraham’s descendants were like the stars for multitude, this one aspect of God’s promise remained unfulfilled. When Jesus came, God in flesh to the earth, Abraham knew that He was the final fulfillment of God’s promise to him so many years before. So yes, Abraham had great reason to rejoice when Jesus came from heaven to earth through the seed of Abraham so that through Him all of the world would be blessed.
Well, the Jews of Jesus’ day did not agree with this and thought Jesus to be a lunatic! There was no way Jesus knew Abraham much less knew this much about him. So when they complained about the age of Jesus and the age of Abraham, Jesus made the clearest statement of His deity that He could possibly make. When Moses asked what name of God he should use to tell the people who had sent him, God told Moses to tell them that “I Am” had sent him. Jesus, with perfect clarity, claimed full equality with God when He said, “Before Moses was, I AM.”
Yes, Jesus is Lord of all time, all people, and all knowledge. The only lunatics in this story are those who refused to accept Jesus for who He actually was. How about you? Is Jesus your Lord? Are there any aspects of Christ that you think absurd or unnecessary? Or do you accept the full Lordship of Christ in your heart and in your life? If Jesus is really who He said that He is, then Jesus really is Lord of all.
VBS finished very strong. The room was full of children and their parents and we were so thrilled to have this great opportunity to proclaim Christ and His salvation in our community. Thank you for your prayers; many heard the gospel and between 6-7 children made definite decisions to accept the Savior. The parents were fully keyed in last night and stayed for ice cream and games with their kids. Many new contacts were made and old contacts were renewed. We are thankful.
Next to my thanks to God is my thanks to our workers. It was your dedication, many of you coming straight from work for four days, all of you giving your all for two hours a night that made our Ocean Commotion VBS work. This is far greater than a one-man show and all who served, from the youngest to the oldest demonstrated a great zeal to do the work of the Lord. Thank you for serving with joy and with energy often not your own. Thank you for unity as we all got along all the time. Thank you for your spiritual heart to reach the children for Christ. Thank you for staying after last night to make sure things were put up and cleaned up. Thank you for loving Christ and for loving your church. Get some rest and come refreshed Sunday ready to give testimony to God’s power and working.
Have a great day in the Lord,