What Jesus Did! 'Before Abraham' — John 8:56-59

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

"Your father Abraham was very happy that he would see the day when I came. He saw that day and was happy." The Jews said to Jesus, "What? You have never seen Abraham! You are not even 50 years old!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was born, I AM." When Jesus said this, the people picked up rocks to throw at him. But Jesus hid, and then he left the temple area.
— John 8:56-59 NLT
Illustration of John 8:56-59 NLT — "I tell you the truth. Before Abraham was born, I AM."

Key Thought

Like so many other things Jesus says in this chapter, this claim is audacious and bold. It is also true. Jesus didn't just happen on the scene when he came to earth; he existed before any created thing. That's why it is so important that we pay attention to him. He not only sacrificed himself for us, but he left heaven's glory to come and live with us and show us God's love.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my heart to the teaching and truth of Jesus and give me a greater sense of his authority, his majesty, and his lordship in my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:1-4
  • Colossians 1:15-17
  • Philippians 2:5-11


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.