John 8:1-27 The Message Bible

8 1  Jesus went across to Mount Olives, 2  but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them. 3  The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone 4  and said, "Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. 5  Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?" 6  They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. 7  They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, "The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone." 8  Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. 9  Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. 10  Jesus stood up and spoke to her. "Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?" 11  "No one, Master." "Neither do I," said Jesus. "Go on your way. From now on, don't sin." You're Missing God in All This

Jesus the Light of the World

12  Jesus once again addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in." 13  The Pharisees objected, "All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on." 14  Jesus replied, "You're right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I've come from and where I go next. You don't know where I'm from or where I'm headed. 15  You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don't make judgments like that. 16  But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn't make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. 17  That fulfills the conditions set down in God's Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. 18  And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me." 19  They said, "Where is this so-called Father of yours?" Jesus said, "You're looking right at me and you don't see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father." 20  He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn't yet up.

Whither I Go Ye Cannot Come

21  Then he went over the same ground again. "I'm leaving and you are going to look for me, but you're missing God in this and are headed for a dead end. There is no way you can come with me." 22  The Jews said, "So, is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by 'You can't come with me'?" 23  Jesus said, "You're tied down to the mundane; I'm in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I'm living on other terms. 24  I told you that you were missing God in all this. You're at a dead end. If you won't believe I am who I say I am, you're at the dead end of sins. You're missing God in your lives." 25  They said to him, "Just who are you anyway?" 26  I have so many things to say that concern you, judgments to make that affect you, but if you don't accept the trustworthiness of the One who commanded my words and acts, none of it matters. That is who you are questioning - not me but the One who sent me." 27  They still didn't get it, didn't realize that he was referring to the Father.

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