It cannot be overstated how important it is to study everything Jesus said. Why? Jesus only said what the Father told Him to say: “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:49-50). What an example of obedience! Jesus was not one to express His own opinions, nor did He add to or take away from the Father’s words. He spoke only what the Father had told Him to say, and even how the Father told Him to say it! Do we do the same?
God Said = Jesus Said
John 8 is a treasure of scripture where Jesus clearly claims over and over again that He is teaching only what God told Him to teach: ”…I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me” (John 8:28b). Like Jesus, we are to be taught by God, as it states in John 6:45: ’They will all be taught by God.’ Jesus also made it clear that what He said is for the entire world, not just a few chosen people: ”…he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world” (John 8:26b).
The implication is clear: When we do not accept what Jesus said, we reject what God said, thereby rejecting the truth (John 8:39-41, John 8:45-46). This is why it is so important to know what Jesus said.
Accept ALL of What Jesus Said
Do we embrace Jesus’ words? All of them? Just like there was no room for Jesus in the inn when He was ready to be born in Bethlehem, there are still people today who have no room for Jesus’ words (John 8:37). Some are even professed Christians who pick and choose what they believe, teaching that grace covers all sin (which is does), but Jesus also said we are to be serious about cutting sin out of our lives (Matthew 18:8-9) and the Bible teaches that if we deliberately keep on sinning there is no sacrifice left, just a raging fire (Hebrews 10:26-27).
Jesus said, ”He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:47). If those who belong to God hear what God says, then those who belong to God hear what Jesus said, too. Let us not only hear, but accept what Jesus said. Like Peter, may we, too, say to Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and accept all of Jesus’ words like the treasure they are!
If someone hears something Jesus said (or any other part of the Bible for that matter) and does not accept it, Jesus said they, ”do not belong to God.” This is what Jesus said, not what I said (so if it seems harsh, take it up with Jesus.) Oh, we may struggle with a scripture for a while, trying to rationalize it away, telling ourselves it does not really mean what it really means. We invent all kinds of ways to get around the black-and-white position that the Bible clearly teaches on sin. This is where Jesus’ lordship comes into play: Is He Lord of your life? Or isn’t He? Are you going to submit and yield to God’s way of living? Yield to what Jesus said and repent? Do you truly believe in Jesus? Most importantly, do you truly believe in His power to change YOU? Are you going to ”belong to God” or not?
In his final moments before being arrested, in speaking to the Father about the disciples, Jesus said, ”For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them” (John 17:8a). These words apply to Jesus’ disciples today as much as they applied to His disciples back then. One of the distinguishing marks of a disciple is acceptance of ALL that Jesus said. Now that we know that all of Jesus’ words came unfiltered from the Father, how could we accept anything less than 100% of them?