“Who do I think I am?”

I don’t think there are any words I would rather read than the words of Jesus.  I love their authority, their majesty and their love.  One moment Jesus is telling the woman caught in the very act of adultery, “Has no one condemned you?  Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11) and soon after that He is telling those Jews who were insisting that Abraham was their father, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.” (John 8:44).

How perplexing His words must have been at times, and yet when you hear them, you know they are true and in one way or another they bring you life.  Jesus said, “But why do you call Me, Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) and then He said, “…you have not known Him (God), but I know Him.  And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.” (John 8:55).

As I read these verses lately, I was humbled at the thought of how subject Jesus always was to the words of His Father.  Jesus said, “I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:29).  My first thought was, “Who do I think I am?”  I immediately thought of how easy it is to do my own thing without giving proper regard to what my Father would have me do.  Who do I think I am, that Jesus would always do whatever the Father says and the reality that I would not, without hesitation, do the very same thing?


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