John 8:42-47

“Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. 44 You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.” NRSV

In John’s gospel, Jesus is the master of contrasts. Light vs dark; regular water vs living water; being born from an earthly mother vs being born from above, and the list goes on.

Here, we see the contrast drawn between the father of lies (the devil) and God the Father. If we choose to be children of the father of lies, we cannot hear the words of God the Father. This is Jesus’ explanation for why the people do not believe him and want to put him to death. They choose to trust the father of lies rather than God the Father of Jesus and all creation.

Two thousand years have passed since the days of Jesus and most believers are still wrestling with which “father” to call Dad. Thanks be to God we are among those who can hear and (most days) embrace the teachings of Jesus. And, I would quickly add, see the Creator God as far more than just a father figure.

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