Gospel: Jn 8:51-59
Truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death.” The Jews replied, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died and the prophets as well, but you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never experience death.’ Who do you claim to be? Do you claim to be greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets who also died?” Then Jesus said, “If I were to praise myself, it would count for nothing. But he who gives glory to me is the Father, the very one you claim as your God, although you don’t know him. I know him, and if I were to say that I don’t know him, I would be a liar like you. But I know him and I keep his word. As for Abraham, your ancestor, he looked forward to the day when I would come; and he rejoiced when he saw it.” The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty-years old and you have seen Abraham?” And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” They then picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and left the temple.
WHO EVER KEEPS MY WORD
WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE DEATH
This is an example of the pronouncements of Jesus that people cannot take because they remain at the surface grammar of the statement which of course contradicts their experience. They were so scandalized that they turned violent against him because they considered what he was saying as blasphemy because he attributes the truth of his statement to his Father, who is God. So what could he have meant when he said that whoever keeps his word will not experience death. In other parts of the Gospel he proclaimed that he was the TRUTH, THE WAY, AND THE LIFE. So his words and words of life — the life of the spirit. So when one hears and keeps his words, one becomes spiritually alive. And one who is spiritually alive will transcend death. Death is for that person a transition to greater life, to everlasting life.
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