Bigger Than The Challenge

The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”  

Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.  John 8:13-20

Jesus is starting to make the case for the Son of God and the Father – two thirds of the Trinity, but the Pharisees still think he’s talking about an earthly father.

When they asked “where is your father?” they are clearly referencing Joseph because some of them would have known who he was.

They were still convinced that He could not be the coming Messiah. Their conception of a Messiah was someone who just appeared on the scene, and he would be without a previous history. That they would have an opportunity to speak with the Messiah was fantastical and quite unbelievable. So, rather than trying to understand and believe him, they challenged him at every turn.

In life you and I will be challenged by people, relationships, work, and family. Some will test you more than others, and on occasion some intentionally. Our goal, then, isn’t to win every challenge we face, but to overcome them. We need to be bigger than the challenges we face. What I mean by that is that if we have been renewed by the Spirit of God each day, our thoughts and reactions should be differnet than if we weren’t renewed. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But it’s very difficult to live out, especially as the challenges mount.

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind every day, and ask to be refreshed.

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