For I Know
When we find the phrase, “For I know,” in the Bible, it gives us a nudge to look at what has just happened. The word “for” tells us that something just took place that has led us up to this point.
In John 8, Jesus was embroiled in a debate with His opponents about whether He knew what He was talking about or not. They couldn’t buy into what He was saying. To be fair, what Jesus had just said was pretty startling. He had just told everyone in the room that He was the Light of the World. That’s a pretty big claim!
What evidence did He have to back that up? Whose authority was He speaking from? Who did He think He was? What He did next was the answer to all those questions. He said:
“My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going.”
Isn’t that an interesting statement? Isn’t that exactly what our own culture is so confused about? Our world is searching everywhere for truth. It craves guidance and direction but can’t seem to find it. Everywhere they look, they find other people with the same questions but no answers. The world is mired in confusion and emptiness.
Jesus, on the other hand, never acted like that at all. Time after time in the Gospels, we read that He taught “like someone who had authority,” and that “He wasn’t like the others teachers.”
People were amazed by Him. They were astounded and marveled at His words. Why was He different? Because He knew where He came from and where He was going.
What made Jesus different is that He had been there and He knew the way back. In case you are missing it, let me spell it out for you. That’s what everyone is looking for! The world is looking for someone who has the answer. Well, Jesus went one better than that. He IS the answer.
Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Looking for the answer? I can help you with that.