Jesus Says, “Before Abraham Was, I Am”

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Jesus often said to his disciples and the crowds, “Whoever keeps my word will never see death,” but many didn’t believe Him.

Coloured portrait of Abraham

When Jesus was being aggressively questioned by Jews at the Feast of Tabernacles and he used the same words, they accused him of being possessed by a demon. Jesus replied, “I am not possessed by a demon, but I honour my Father – and yet you dishonour me. I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death”.

When the Jews then asked him if he had ever seen Abraham he replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!”

The Jews were so incensed with Jesus that they picked up stones to throw at him but He hid and left the Temple area. (John 8:48-59)

Thought

The challenge to believe in Jesus’ word grew so much less when, on the third day, He rose from the dead. What more evidence could He possibly have given to us?

Reflection

Lord Jesus,
open the eyes of those still searching.
Help them to see, understand and accept.
May all, one day, celebrate in your glory.

Prayer: Jesus Our True Love (Hildegard of Bingen)

Jesus Christ, the love that gives love,
You are higher than the highest star;
You are deeper than the deepest sea;
You cherish us as your own family;
You embrace us as your own spouse;
You rule over us as your own subjects;
You welcome us as your dearest friend.
Let all the world worship you.