What Jesus Did! 'Are You Greater? Yes!' — John 8:52-55

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Jews said to Jesus, "Now we know that you have a demon in you! Even Abraham and the prophets died. But you say, 'The person that obeys my teaching will never die.' Do you think you are greater than our father Abraham? Abraham died. And the prophets died too. Who do you think you are?" Jesus answered, "If I give honor to myself, then that honor is worth nothing. The One that gives me honor is my Father. And you say that he is your God. But you don't really know him. I know him. If I said I did not know him, then I would be a liar like you are liars. But I do know him. And I obey what he says."
— John 8:52-55 NLT
Illustration of John 8:52-55 NLT — "Now we know that you have a demon in you!"

Key Thought

Sometimes the doubts of the crowd become our reminder of the truth. "Are you greater than Abraham... the prophets?" they ask Jesus. That's the question we are to ask. The answer? Yes! He is and he is to be obeyed just as he obeyed. He knows the Father and reveals him to us. Yes! Jesus is greater because he is God's Son and our Lord and Savior, the Christ.

Today's Prayer

All praise to you, God most high and all praise to Jesus, your Son and my Savior. You planned my deliverance, dear Father, and purchased my salvation through the gift of your Son who brought life and immortality to light in himself and in his message. I pledge to you, O God, my heart and my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 12:38-42
  • Matthew 16:13-17
  • John 20:24-29


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.