What Jesus Did! 'Know Your Enemy' — John 8:41-44

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"So you are doing the things your own father did." But the Jews said, "We are not like children that never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have." Jesus said to those Jews, "If God were really your Father, then you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me. You don't understand these things I say. Why? Because you cannot accept my teaching. Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.
— John 8:41-44
Illustration of John 8:41-44 — "So you are doing the things your own father did."   ——   "We are not like children that never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have."

Key Thought

Satan is behind evil in all of its forms, including the religious evil that sent Jesus to the Cross. Make no mistake, Satan distorts, deceives, and lies. His goal is murder and destruction. Let's not take him lightly. At the same time, let's not cower before his threats. Jesus conquered him for us in the Cross. Let's make sure that we stick with Christ, hold to his teaching, and live his truth. Let's make it clear to the evil one that he will have no hold on us.

Today's Prayer

Almighty and powerful Father, deliver me from the evil one for all power, all honor, and all glory are yours. Help me make that true in my life and my example. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While Jesus was saying these things, many people believed in him. So Jesus said to the Jews that believed in him, "If you continue to obey my teaching, then you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free." The Jews answered, "We are Abraham's people. And we have never been slaves. So why do you say that we will be free?" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. Every person that sins is a slave. Sin is his master. A slave does not stay with a family forever. But a son belongs to the family forever. So if the Son makes you free, then you will be truly free. I know you are Abraham's people. But you want to kill me. Why? Because you don't want to accept my teaching. I am telling you what my Father has shown me. But you do the things that your father has told you." The Jews said, "Our father is Abraham. " Jesus said, "If you were really Abraham's children, then you would do the things Abraham did. I am a man who has told you the truth I heard from God. But you are trying to kill me. Abraham did nothing like that. So you are doing the things your own father did." But the Jews said, "We are not like children that never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have." Jesus said to those Jews, "If God were really your Father, then you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me. You don't understand these things I say. Why? Because you cannot accept my teaching. Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies. I speak the truth. That is why you don't believe me. Can any of you prove that I am guilty of sin? If I tell the truth, then why don't you believe me? The person that belongs to God accepts what God says. But you don't accept what Godsays, because you don't belong to God."

John 8:30-47

Related Scripture Readings

Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy. And he goes around like a roaring lion looking for some person to eat. Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have.

1 Peter 5:8-9

So we can see who God's children are. Also, we can know who the children of the devil are. The people who don't do what is right are not children of God. And the person who does not love his brothers and sisters {in Christ} is not a child of God.

1 John 3:10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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