When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know I am He

Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. Then Jesus said to them, “when you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.   John 8:25-30

The Jews here, especially the Pharisee’s were willfully ignorant in not believing even though there were many witnesses to support Jesus claims. What we have here starting at the beginning of verse 1, where Jesus makes the statement, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus is not holding back by using any innuendos, He is squaring off with these Jewish leaders. He is laying things straight out on the line, He is declaring very plainly to them the truth, and what is the truth? “If you don’t believe in Him you’re going to die in your sins.” But provision is made by God for the forgiveness of our sins, but that provision is believing in Jesus Christ, and if you don’t believe in Him then there is no provision and you will die in your sins. And if you die still unrepented and in your sins, you are eternally lost and separated from God. Jesus emphasized that the fatal, unforgiveable, and eternal sin is failure to believe in Him as Messiah and Son of God. In truth, all other sins can be forgiven except for, the sin of unbelief. Jesus here is referring Himself as (Yahweh—the Lord)   of the Old Testament, and directly claimed full deity for Himself, prompting the Jewish leaders their questioning His claims.

When you lift up the Son of Man—The term “lifted up” is reference to the cross and Jesus impending crucifixion. Having refused to accept Him by faith and having nailed Him to the cross, they would one day awaken to the terrifying realization that this One whom they despised was the One whom they should have worshiped. Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)  Jesus emptied Himself of all the privileges of His heavenly glory, yet unable while on earth to enjoy His face to face relationship to God the Father, He continued to display the outward and personal enjoyment of that glory.

Think about it, these men in our text were trying to trick and manipulate the incarnate God, creator of the universe and all of life? Christ became more than God in a human body, but He took on all the essential attributes of humanity, even to the extent that He identified with basic human needs and weaknesses. He became the God-Man: fully God and fully man.  The first step in the progress toward true discipleship is belief in Jesus Christ as Messiah and Son of God. I always do those things that please Him—Now the Father testified that, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And Jesus said, “There is no unrighteousness in Me, I do always those things that please Him.” And we also know from the Scriptures, that He says, “Which of you convicts Me of sin? And If I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?” (John 8:46) Although the Jews argued that Jesus was guilty of sin, the sense of His perfect holiness being demonstrated before them brought silence at Jesus question to them. Only a perfectly holy One who has the closest and most intimate communion with the Father could speak such words.

Beloved friend, The Book of Romans says: What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? For those who believe in Christ, who have given their lives over to Him, who are born again according Scripture, The Lord is so willing to give you all things that you have need of while here on earth. And has your future destiny secured to be with Him forever. Who would not find that comforting in this unstable world environment? Let us praise God this day for His provision of grace in bringing salvation to completion for all who are chosen and believe–our hymn of security.

May the Lord bless your walk with Him today.

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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