I want you to open your Bible as we turn to the Word of God tonight to the eighth chapter of the gospel of John...the eighth chapter of the gospel of John. I have been somewhat restrained over the last few years in not preaching more from the gospel of John because I've spent so much time working on the commentaries on the gospel of John. The first volume, John 1 through 11, was completed about a year ago. And the second volume, John 12 to 21 completing the gospel of John, was just completed a few weeks ago. In fact, I have the final galley proofs on my desk and have been reading through for any final corrections.
It's such a stunning, stunning book. It is relentlessly exalting of the Lord Jesus Christ. And, of course, that makes it a very special treasure to me. And so I want to steal away a little bit tonight, into a portion of the gospel of John, at least as a starting point, and that's the eighth chapter and in particular, I want to draw you down to verse 43 through verse 45. And there is a truth expressed here that I want to be a foundation for our thinking tonight.
Jesus in this particular context is speaking to the Jews who are defending themselves as to their place with God because of their Jewish ancestry, their Abrahamic heritage. Jesus takes issue with that. He says this, verse 43, "Why do you not understand what I'm saying? It is because you cannot hear My Word. You think you belong to God, you think you are children of Abraham, you are actually of your father, the devil. And you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, or essence. For he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me."...