I’m reading over John 8, and God has really helped me understand the nature of Jesus by thinking and reading it in terms of Jesus as being a loving Father and humankind as children. We see in John 8 that the kids throw a woman down saying “Punish her” trying to use the dad’s (Jesus’s) words against Him, but Jesus reveals their hearts to them and they all walk away convicted.
Some others question who He is, and He lovingly, patiently tries to explain it to them even though they don’t understand. I bet it was really hard for Him to tell them the Truth: that if they do not believe that they will die in their sins. But He even goes as far to say: When you see Me dying on the cross, and God’s power pour out, then you will understand. He leaves them with hope, and it is said “As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.”
Even those that believed still tried to fight against Him saying “Abraham is our father” and then when Jesus corrected them they changed their answers: “God is our only father!” they shouted back. When Jesus (Dad) tells them the Truth again, they get angry and want to hurt Him, but Jesus leaves.
But why does Jesus leave?? I believe it for two reasons, for one, as He said it was not His time to be given up to the people to die on the cross. But I believe it was for another reason as well. Jesus is God, and God cannot be overcome by anyone. Jesus could have just stood there, took the pain from His kids, and when they realized it was of no use, He could have been on His way. But He didn’t do that. He walked away from them, perhaps (I believe) to not give them over to sin. If He stayed, the anger in their hearts would lead them to sin (hurt and attempt to kill Him), and as a loving Father, He cared too much to do that – to give them opportunity to sin. We should consider this as fathers ourselves.