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John 8 Part 4: True Evil

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

John 8:44

Talk about making people mad. Jesus had some people steamed up. The scene in Jerusalem. The religious leaders didn't like what Jesus had said about being His disciples and setting people free. They got riled up and started talking about their national heritage and their bloodline. The tension reached a crescendo and Jesus took off the gloves and gave them the truth that they couldn't handle! "You are of your father the Devil!"

Jesus then proceeded to nail the hammer in the coffin. He told them the real qualities that were in their hearts. Murder and Lies. It is even here where Jesus' heart is revealed. Even though he is having such conflict with them, the truth is that He is always trying to wake them up and help them to see that He is their Messiah. The first chapter of John tells us that He came to His own and His own did not receive Him. He loved them. He told them plainly. He told them overtly. He told them with word pictures. He confronted their stubbornness and pride and arrogant hearts with service and love and mighty miracles. But they just wouldn't listen because they liked what they had and who they were. They loved themselves more, and He threatened that by His very existence.

It is the refusal to see Him as the One who is the the Savior of the world that is the truly unforgivable sin. When people reject the One that God sent into the world to save them--that is True Evil. Every sin of man can be forgiven, but this sin will never be forgiven. It is the testimony of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. To reject Jesus is to reject God. To reject Jesus is not only to turn away from God's love and mercy but also to defy all that He has done for them to save us. When people refuse to accept Jesus, they give themselves over to act in accordance with the one who defies and rejects all that God is and does--the devil. And then they show that they are indeed the sons of the wicked one.

Blessings to you!

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