c. Who Can Set People Free from Sin?
(1) Christ, the Light of the World
and the Giver of the Light of Life
12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the alight of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the 1blight of life.
13 The Pharisees then said to Him, You are atestifying concerning Yourself; Your testimony is not true.
14 Jesus answered and said to them, Even if I testify concerning Myself, My testimony is true, for I know awhere I came from and where I am going; but byou do not know where I come from or where I am going.
15 aYou 1judge according to the flesh; I 1judge no one.
16 But even if I do ajudge, My judgment is true, for I am not alone, but 1I band the Father who sent Me.
17 And ain your law also it has been written that the testimony of two men is true:
18 I am One who testifies concerning Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies concerning Me.
19 They said then to Him, Where is Your Father? Jesus answered, You know neither Me nor My Father; aif you knew Me, you would know My Father also.
20 These words He spoke in the treasury as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His ahour had not yet come.
(2) Christ, the I Am
21 He said therefore again to them, I am going away, and ayou will seek Me and will bdie in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.
22 The Jews then said, He is not going to kill Himself, is He, for He says, Where I am going, you cannot come?
23 And He said to them, aYou are 1from below, I am 1from above; you are 1bof this world, cI am not 1of this world.
24 Therefore I said to you that you will adie in your sins; for unless you believe that 1bI am, you will adie in your sins.
25 They said then to Him, Who are You? Jesus said to them, Altogether that which I also 1tell you.
26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but aHe who sent Me is true, and what I have heard from Him, these things I speak to the world.
27 They did not understand that He was speaking to them of the Father.
(3) Christ, the Son of Man Lifted Up
28 Jesus therefore said to them, When you 1alift up the Son of Man, bthen you will know that cI am, and that dI do nothing from Myself, but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.
29 And He who sent Me is awith Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.
30 As He spoke these things, many believed into Him.
(4) Christ, the Son as the Reality
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you aabide in My word, you are truly My disciples;
32 And you shall know the 1atruth, and the 1truth shall bset you free.
33 They answered Him, We are aAbraham's seed and have never yet been enslaved to anyone. How is it that You say, You shall become free?
34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone who commits sin is a aslave of sin.
35 And the slave does not abide in the house forever; the son does abide forever.
36 If therefore the Son asets you free, you shall be free indeed.