Jesus: Greater Than Our Father Abraham
“Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:53, 57-58).
Abraham was one of the greatest patriarchs in the Old Testament. He is the Father of Israel, for all Jews came from him. Abraham perhaps had the greatest faith in God of all Old Testament believers. He is known as the Friend of God (2 Chron. 20:7; James 2:23) and God called him “my friend” (Is. 41:8). But Jesus was Greater Than The Father Abraham because Jesus was the great I AM; Jesus is God.
The Jewish leaders rejected Jesus even though they witnessed His miracles. They refused to accept Jesus, even though He proved to them from Scriptures who He was (Matt. 21:23-22:46). The Jewish leaders called Jesus a sinner, accused Him of being born out of wedlock (John 8:41), attributed His miracles to Satan (Matt. 12:24), and said He had a devil (John 8:52). They sarcastically asked, “Are You greater than our father Abraham?” (John 8:53). Jesus replied, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day” (John 8:56). They said, “You’re not fifty years old, how could you see Abraham?” Jesus answered, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). To Jesus’ response, they picked up stones to kill Him. What is your response? You must either pick up stones to cast at Him or fall at His feet to worship Him.
Because Jesus is greater than Abraham, you must worship Him as the great I AM.