John 8:42 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 8:42, NIV: "Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me."

John 8:42, ESV: "Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me."

John 8:42, KJV: "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me."

John 8:42, NASB: "Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came forth from God and am here; for I have not even comeon My own, butHe sent Me."

John 8:42, NLT: "Jesus told them, 'If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me."

John 8:42, CSB: "Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn't come on my own, but he sent me."

What does John 8:42 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus is using the analogy of fatherhood to explain why His critics refuse to accept His claims. Children inherit the nature of their fathers. So, those who are the "true sons" of Abraham will do as Abraham did. He obeyed God, and accepted God's words. Jesus brings the words of God (John 8:38), and the will of God (John 6:38), proven by both Scripture and miracles (John 5:30–47). And yet, these religious leaders have ignored His message and attempted to have Him killed (John 5:18). Their actions suggest that they have a spiritual father other than Abraham, and other than God (John 8:44).

In continuing to make this point, Jesus once again claims that He is acting in submission to God the Father (John 6:57).

The critics' responses have become less and less meaningful, and recently sank to the level of petty insults (John 8:41). As Jesus continues to hammer home their hypocrisy, they will accuse Him of insanity (John 8:48), and then resort to physical violence (John 8:59).