We encourage you to take the time to work through this personal study guide before we gather together for women's meeting. These questions and study tips will help you to look into the Scriptures and study John 8:12-30 on your own before we discuss together and are taught from this text on Tuesday.
Women's meeting will be held Tuesday February 19th at 7pm
Childcare available upon request. Please message Providence on social media or contact Lauren Schreiber if you will be needing childcare.
Read John 8:12-30
What is the “I am” statement found in verse 12?
Read Exodus 3:14. Based on the “I am” statement there, what would Jesus have been claiming about himself by saying “I am the light of the world.”
Read John 9:5, 12:35 and 12:46 as well as John 8:12. What do you believe is Jesus
foreshadowing with his references to light and darkness? What is “the light” and what is “the darkness”?
In verses 21- 23, Jesus says several “I am… You are…” to the Jews and Pharisees gathered around him. Make note of those statements here and why they are significant.
Read verse 27-30. Why do you believe this statement held so much power for the Jewish people who came to believe?
John 8:12-30 ESV
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.