81But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning, he came back into the temple courts. And all the people kept coming to him. He sat down and taught them.
3Then the experts in the law and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery and had her stand in the center. 4“Teacher,” they said to him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6They asked this to test him, so that they might have evidence to accuse him.
Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. 7But when they kept on asking him for an answer, he stood up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote on the ground.
9When they heard this, they went away one by one, beginning with the older men. Jesus was left alone with the woman in the center. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, Lord,” she answered.
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”
Jesus Is the Light of the World
12When Jesus spoke to them again, he said, “I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”
14“Even if I testify about myself,” Jesus replied, “my testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I came from or where I am going. 15You judge according to the flesh. I am not judging anyone. 16But even if I were to judge, my judgment would be true, because I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me. 17Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two people is valid. 18I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
19Then they asked him, “Where is your Father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus answered. “If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”
20He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the offering box. But no one arrested him, because his time had not arrived yet.
21So he told them again, “I am going away. You will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.”
22So the Jews asked, “He won't kill himself, will he, because he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?”
23“You are from below,” he told them. “I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world. 24That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am the one, you will die in your sins.”
25“Who are you?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “What I have been telling you from the beginning. 26I have many things to say and to judge concerning you. But the one who sent me is true. And what I heard from him, these are the things I am telling the world.” 27They did not understand that he was talking to them about the Father.
28So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one, and that I do nothing on my own. But I speak exactly as the Father taught me. 29The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.”
30As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples. 32You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33“We are Abraham's descendants,” they answered, “and we have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be set free’?”
34Jesus answered, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Everyone who keeps committing sin is a slave to sin. 35But a slave does not remain in the family forever. A son does remain forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. 37I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because there is no place for my word in you. 38I am telling you what I have seen at the side of the Father. As for you, you do what you have heard at the side of your father.”
39“Our father is Abraham!” they answered.
“If you were Abraham's children,” Jesus told them, “you would do the works of Abraham. 40But now you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard at the side of God. Abraham did not do this. 41You are doing the works of your father.”
“We were not born of sexual immorality!” they said. “We have one Father: God.”
42Jesus replied, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and I am here. Indeed, I have not come on my own, but he sent me. 43Why do you not understand my message? It is because you are not able to listen to my word. 44You belong to your father, the Devil, and you want to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and did not remain standing in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks from what is his, because he is a liar and the father of lying. 45But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46Who of you can convict me of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says. The reason you do not listen is that you do not belong to God.”
48The Jews responded, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
49Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon. On the contrary, I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50I do not seek my own glory. There is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Amen, Amen, I tell you: If anyone holds on to my word, he will certainly never see death.”
52So the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets. Yet you say, ‘If anyone holds on to my word, he will certainly never taste death.’ 53You are not greater than our father, Abraham, are you? He died. And the prophets died. Who do you think you are?”
54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, about whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55Yet you do not really know him, but I do know him. If I said, ‘I do not know him,’ I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I hold on to his word. 56Your father Abraham was glad that he would see my day. He saw it and rejoiced.”
57The Jews replied, “You aren't even fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?”
58Jesus said to them, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Before Abraham was born, I am.” 59Then they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden and left the temple area.