John 8:12-20 (NIV) 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 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 right, 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 men is valid. 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 area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.
On verses 12-20: I find it powerful and interesting to think that when Jesus said these things about him being the light of the world (v12), giving people the light of life (v12), passing judgment on no one (v15), and standing with the Father (v16), Jesus said all these things “in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put” (v20). In other words, even as people were giving their imperfect offerings for God, Jesus was right there, being given as God’s perfect offering for people.
By the way, why would Jesus say “I pass judgment on no one” (v15) when he is elsewhere known as the judge (see, for example, 2 Timothy 4:1, 8)? I believe it’s because during his first arrival on earth, Jesus was coming not to judge sinners but to be judged for sinners by being killed on a cross. One day Jesus will return and at that second arrival Jesus will come as righteous judge and king.
Thank You Jesus for being God’s perfect offering for humankind. When our own offerings could never pay for our sin, You came as the perfect offering for our sins so that we could be forgiven, made new, and become true offerings and living sacrifices to God. Thank You for all that You have done for us on the cross. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!