3. I AM the door
4. I AM the true vine
5. I AM the good shepherd
6. I AM the resurrection and the life
7. I AM the way, the truth, and the life
Jesus' response embodies perfectly both Truth & Love. The first thing he does is stoop down and start writing in the dirt. The Bible doesn't say what he was writing. Some have speculated that, maybe, he was writing out all the sins of the various people in the crowd. I kind of like that idea. Then Jesus stands back up and says, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone." And one by one every begins to drop their stones and walk away. At last, in John 8:10-11, Jesus says, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
And the next time Jesus spoke to the people is in John 8:12 where he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I’ll get to the second story in a minute, but first I must say how much this statement Jesus said irked the Pharisees. They were like, “You can’t say that! You can't claim to be God. You can't say all these things about yourself without any proof or someone else to backup your testimony.” They were already frustrated that Jesus so perfectly thwarted their attempt to trap him with the woman caught in adultery.
Now, here is clear, incontrovertible evidence. This miracle is impossible to fake and it has been verified by two independent sources, but the Pharisees and religious leaders still reject it. They berate the man and tell him he is a sinner and Jesus is a sinner and they have no idea where Jesus came from. And I love the blind man's answer in John 9:30 – "The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes."" Clearly, if Jesus can do such a miracle, everyone ought to see that Jesus is very special. But the religious leaders can't or won't see it. The blind man sees, but the religious leaders are blind.
Second, read Scripture. The Bible is God's Word. Treasure God’s Word in your heart. Read it. Study it. Meditate on it and soak it in. Absorb the Bible into your heart so that it guides everything you do. That way when you pray, it will bubble up to the surface as God speaks to you.
One more thing--serve. It's not enough to pray and read the Bible; you must also put your faith into action. The religious leaders prayed and knew the Bible, but they weren't willing to serve the way God wanted them to. They were more concerned about their own position and power and agendas. We must have faith in God and willingly set aside our own agendas and obey what God wants. We must act on what we've learned through prayer and Scripture. We musty serve.