“Who are you?” they demanded. Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.” – John 8:25 NLT
Who is “they” and why did “they” question Jesus? You would think these were people that didn’t know God. Reading only this scripture in the Bible, you may be thinking, oh this is someone that isn’t familiar with God or have a relationship with Him. As you read John 8 you find out that those that are questioning Jesus were the Pharisees. These were the guys that are the religious crew. They were the head honchos of the pack. These guys studied the law of Moses and abided by it to the T’s. They crossed their T’s and dotted their i’s. You couldn’t get past them when it came to religious statutes.
However, religion could only take them so far. They had repeatedly questioned Jesus because He didn’t fit the form of their theological ideology. They reasoned that this wasn’t the son of God because this man sat with sinners and promised them a better life. This man healed the sick, delivered the oppressed, performed miracles and went against the norm of religiosity. What’s happening is they were trying to persecute Jesus for what he was doing and throw him in jail to eventually crucify Him. He wasn’t fitting inside their box and they couldn’t handle how Jesus would make them think outside of their own. He made them question their entire lives and instead of being in relationship with God, these men were in relationship with their religion.
So then, are we in this for a true relationship with God or another routine and check oﬀ list of religion statutes? The question is not “Who are you?” But rather… “Whose are we?”
Prayer: Dear God, it’s me, yeah You know, the one that gets distracted with the cares of this world and needs to talk to You more than I do right now. I need more of You in my life. I don’t want to just know You, I want to be in relationship with You. I want to hear when You call so that I may answer. Father, help me to not just abide by Your Word but walk in the Word as well. Let me be Your hands and feet as I grow closer to You. I don’t want to just live the Word, I want to be the Word. Help me so that I can help others find You in relationship and not just in another Sunday service.