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Jesus - Greater than Abraham

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | May 12, 2024 | John 8:52-55

KEY VERSE:

Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are? John 8:53 (NLT)

 

MESSAGE:

In John 8:52-55, Jesus asserts His superiority over Abraham and emphasizes the greatness of the promises He offers. Jesus' response to the Jews' questioning highlights His authority and the unique relationship He has with the Father. He emphasizes that knowing and obeying God's word is key to understanding His identity and the promises He offers. Jesus asserts that He is greater than Abraham, as evidenced by the promises He offers. While Abraham and the prophets died, Jesus offered eternal life to those who kept His word, demonstrating His authority over death. Jesus' promise of eternal life to those who keep His word surpasses any promise made by Abraham or the prophets. This promise is based on His authority and the unique relationship He has with the Father. Those who truly know God will recognize Jesus' authority and obey His word.

 

Sometimes the doubts of the crowd become our reminder of the truth. "Are you greater than our father Abraham?" the people ask Jesus. That's the question we are to ask. The answer is Yes! He is to be obeyed just as he obeyed the Father, revealing the Father's will to us. Jesus is greater because he is God's Son, our Lord, and Saviour—the Christ. This passage challenges us to recognize Jesus' authority and the surpassing value of the promises He gives to those who believe in Him.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

In the midst of doubt and questioning, Jesus stands firm in His authority and reveals Himself as greater than Abraham. As we ponder His words, we are challenged to recognize His authority and the surpassing value of the promises He offers. Jesus is greater than all. He is greater because He is God's Son and the Saviour, the Christ. As we seek to know and obey Him, may we be reminded of His authority and the eternal promises He offers to those who believe in Him.

 

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 his message. I pledge to you, O God, my heart and my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: GREATER The Greek word "μείζων" (meizon), carries the primary meaning of "greater" or "larger" in comparison to something else. In this context, the Jewish leaders were questioning Jesus' authority and identity, implying that he was claiming to be greater than Abraham and the prophets. The word "greater" denotes superiority or preeminence over others. It implies a higher status, authority, or importance. In John 8:53, the Jewish leaders are challenging Jesus' authority and questioning his claim to be greater than Abraham. They ask, "Are you greater than our father Abraham?" This question reflects their disbelief and scepticism regarding Jesus' identity and mission. Similar language emphasizing Jesus' greatness or superiority can be found elsewhere in the New Testament, particularly in passages where Jesus asserts his divine authority or contrasts himself with prominent figures like Abraham or Moses (e.g., John 8:58, Matthew 12:6).


The use of the word "greater" tells us about Jesus' unique identity as the Son of God and the fulfilment of God's promises. It highlights his authority and superiority over all human authorities, including Abraham and the prophets. This theological concept emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his role as the ultimate revealer of God's truth and grace.


Reflections:

How does recognizing Jesus' greatness and authority impact your understanding of his teachings and your relationship with him?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | MAY 12, 2024

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