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Jesus’ Defense

“Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges” John 8:49-50.

Jesus is in deep discussion with the unbelieving Jews when they accuse Him of being a Samaritan and a devil. He directly denies their accusations. At other times they have accused Him of being a Galilean in an attempt to insult Him and justify their refusing to accept Him as the Messiah. They hate Jesus and don’t want to listen to Him.

Jesus really discredits them as He defends Himself: He says He honors the Father, meaning by His actions. He then tells the Jews they claim to be of God, but they refuse to listen to Him, God’s Son.

Contrary to their accusations, Jesus says He doesn’t try to bring glory to Himself. His final point about judging seems to refer to the impending judgment coming upon the Jews because they refuse to accept Jesus.

At all times in our lives, we are in one of the two categories presented here: either we honor God by our submissive behavior or we dishonor Him by our refusal to adhere to His teachings.

"Thought for the Week - 04/24/2016" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.