Small Group Lesson:
In John 8 Jesus makes one of his clearest and boldest claims to be God when he calls himself by the divine name of God: “I AM”.
John 8:57-59 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
As God, Jesus is...
1. Jesus is the supreme teacher of Truth and Knowledge.
John 8:31-33 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?””
Jesus also said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
Above everything else, Jesus dictates what is true. Q: How has Jesus (and the Bible) taught you truth and knowledge about the world and life? How has your worldview changed?Share your experience.
2. Jesus is the supreme judge of Ethics.
John 8:28, 38 "So Jesus said to them, “... I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. ... I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”"
Q: What is something society wants to judge as good but Jesus teaches is sinful?
3. Jesus sets us free from sin.
John 8:34-36 "Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.""
The Bible also says about those who believe in Jesus, "But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)
After becoming a Christian, the process of growing to live more and more rightly like Jesus (sanctification) takes time. Nevertheless, we are free because the possibility to stop sinning has been opened to us. We have power because the Holy Spirit of Jesus is working in us. Because this freedom and power is not from ourselves, we access it by trusting Jesus and his gospel. Q: What does the struggle for sin look like in your life? Can you see a difference in yourself (actions and desires) since becoming a Christian and receiving the Holy Spirit?