The Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)

The Church Altar

46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” 48 The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’ 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple. ~ John 8:46-59 (NASB)

Many people say that Jesus was a great teacher and healer but not God’s Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Lord of lords and King of kings. Yet, Jesus Himself told us that He and the Father are One—that before Abraham was, He is. He cannot be a great teacher and healer without being the Son of God—otherwise He would be a liar, and He said He would be a liar if He said He didn’t know His Father. Unlike His accusers, He was not a liar, but Truth itself.

Father God, I acknowledge Jesus as Your Son, my Lord and Savior. Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus to save me from my sins. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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