Jesus had silenced the blood lusting Scribes and Pharisees who brought an adulteress to Him. He showed them their own guilt, and used mercy to do it. Every guilty person there was shown mercy by Him.
We continue the story, starting in John 8:12:
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.”
The Pharisees challenged Him on this, saying that Jesus’ testimony was invalid because He was testifying about Himself. But Jesus Himself had been teaching the principle of valid testimony. He declared to them that one needs a testimony beyond his own.
The Pharisees were so desperate to trap the Son of God that they made fools of themselves in their efforts. Unfortunately this still happens even in our day.
People want to discredit God. They want us to disregard the Bible. But they make major errors in their efforts (not surprising, since their goal is itself a major error). One of these errors is to say that the Bible isn’t true because it uses a form of circular reasoning in declaring itself to be true.
But one only needs to look a little deeper to find out the truth of the matter. From early on the honest Bible reader comes to realize a few things. They realize that the things the Bible does are things no other book has ever done. The way it brings good life to people. The way it harmonizes with itself even though it was written by many men, in many countries, in various languages, over thousands of years… perfect harmony! It speaks in a way that no other book has ever spoken. And it gives more information than any man, or even mankind as a whole, will ever be able to completely understand.
The reader will also find that external evidence only grows in its support of the Bible as time goes on. New discoveries continue to be made that uphold the historical truths of the Scriptures. The truths in our world and the people in the world are constantly proving God’s word to be indeed from God. Recorded history supports the life of Christ more than some of the most beloved and indisputably historical people we know of. History also proves the text of the Bible to be more reliable and authentic than any other work of its kind; the extent of this is so incredible that one has to laugh when they see the figures.
It’s a fool’s game they play today. It didn’t work out for the Pharisees, and it won’t work for people today. Every man is confronted with the truth of Christ, and His validity is greater than anything they already trust in. Whether one chooses to accept or ignore that fact, well that’s up to them. But we will all give an account one day, and at that point it will no longer be possible to ignore the truth.
Christ told the Pharisees that they would know the truth once He was lifted up. And we see that it happened too, from their bribing the Roman guards to keep quite about what had happened. It was so completely obvious that Christ was who He said He was. It’s still obvious.
All men are capable of ignoring or not caring about the obvious reality that engulfs them. But men don’t have to be fools if they choose to walk in the light that Jesus gives.
And only He has the words of life!