You don’t know me!
John 8 v 13-20
“The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” 19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.”
The Jewish law, the Torah, called for witnesses to those standing accused. Only two were needed. Jesus states they have had two. Himself and his Father. The fact is they didn’t know God the Father and so they were a million miles from knowing God the Son.
Here comes the attack.
“Where is your father?” It was an attacking question. This was not only saying we cannot see your father standing with you. This was about knowing the story of Jesus. Or they thought they knew the story!
A story of illegitimacy in their eyes. It wasn’t the beautiful incarnational story. It was shameful. “We know you never had a real father!” That was the call from Jesus’ enemy.
Even if our past is shameful, the enemy of our soul will twist it to make it even more so. He is a liar and a father of lies.
Don’t let your enemy either re-write your past or make your past worse than it was. Here is your response:
“You don’t know me”