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Jhn 8:21 I go my way

Jhn 8:21 I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

 I withdraw and you all are going to look for me and are going to die in your failure. Where I lead, you lack the power to follow. 

 This verse repeats an earlier verse, Jhn 7:34, but it adds a new idea: that they will die because of their failure to follow Christ.  Of course, the KJV uses the term "sin" to translate the Greek verb hamartia, but as the term really means "mistake" or, more clearly in this cause, failure. Because people cannot follow Christ to where he is going, they will die. 

In the KJV, this comes across as a moral judgment because of the use of the English word "sin", but in the Greek, it comes across as a more of a human failing, an inability to make a conceptual leap. 

As I have pointed out in the related verses, this is an issue of power. The Greek word translated as "can" or, in this case, "cannot" is the Greek term for having an ability or power. People, under their own power, cannot go where he is leading. As humans, they need help. 

It also changes Jhn 7:34  a little bit. In that verse, Christ said that where he is, not one can follow. Here he says where he goes no one can follow. This is a good example of how Christ uses the verb "to be" in a universal way, referring to all time in the present tense of being. He is going to a place, but he is already there. 

Christ will refer to this statement and the earlier one which echoes it later in verse Jhn 13:33 and again in Jhn 13:36. In those verses, he will direct it to the apostles. Here and in John 7:34 he directs it to the Jews. The apostles will gain the power to follow him after his death. Perhaps with the coming of the Helper, the Spirit of...

Ἐγὼ  "I" is from ego, which is the first person singular pronoun meaning "I". It also means "I at least," "for my part," "indeed," and for myself.

ὑπάγω (1st sg pres ind act) "Go" is from hupagô (hupago), which means "to lead under," "to bring under," "to bring a person before judgment," "to lead on by degrees," "to take away from beneath," "to withdraw," "to go away," "to retire," "to draw off," and "off with you."

καὶ "And" is from kai, which is the conjunction joining phrases and clauses, "and," or "but." After words implying sameness, "as" (the same opinion as  you). Used in series, joins positive with negative "Not only...but also." Also used to give emphasis, "even," "also," and "just."

 ζητήσετέ   (2nd pl fut ind act) "You shall seek" is from zeteo, which means "inquire for", "search for", "seek after", "desire", and "feel the want of." 

με, "Me" is from eme, which means "I", "me", and "my". 

 καὶ  "And" is from kai, which is the conjunction joining phrases and clauses, "and," or "but." After words implying sameness, "as" (the same opinion as  you). Used in series, joins positive with negative "Not only...but also." Also used to give emphasis, "even," "also," and "just."

ἐν  "In" is from en, which means "in," "on," "at," "by," "among," "within," "surrounded by," "in one's hands", "in one's power," and "with".

τῇ ἁμαρτίᾳ"Sins" is from the Greek hamartia, which means "to miss the mark," "failure," "fault," and "error." Only in religious uses does it become "guilt" and "sin."

ὑμῶν  "Your" is from humas (humas) and humôn (humon), which are the plural forms of su the pronoun of the second person, "you."

ἀποθανεῖσθε: 2nd pl fut ind mid) "Shall die" is from apothnesko, which means "to die" and "to die off."

ὅπου  "Whither" is from ὅπου (hopou), which means "somewhere," "anywhere," "wherever,"  and "where." 

ἐγὼ "I" is from ego, which is the first person singular pronoun meaning "I". It also means "I at least," "for my part," "indeed," and for myself.

 ὑπάγω (1st sg pres ind act) "Go" is from hupagô (hupago), which means "to lead under," "to bring under," "to bring a person before judgment," "to lead on by degrees," "to take away from beneath," "to withdraw," "to go away," "to retire," "to draw off," and "off with you."

ὑμεῖς "You" is from hymeis, which are the singular nominative form of  the second person, "you."

οὐ "Not" is from οὐ ou which is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both singles words and sentences. The other negative adverb, μή applies to will and thought; οὐ denies, μή rejects; οὐ is absolute, μή relative; οὐ objective, μή subjective.

δύνασθε (2nd pl pres ind mp) "Can" is from the verb, dunamai (dynamai), which means "to have power by virtue of your own capabilities," "to be able," and "to be strong enough."

ἐλθεῖν (aor inf act) "Come" is from erchomai (erchomai), which means "to start,"  "to set out," "to come," "to go," and any kind of motion. It means both "to go" on a journey and "to arrive" at a place.

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Christ: In His Own Words

Imagine Christ addressing an audience today describing his life and message.

Let me start by saying that for now, we must let go of what we think is "proper." It's the only way we can see everything through to the finish. 

I let everything go by walking into the desert. After a little while I was so hungry that I was tempted to eat stones, but I discovered that, God's words filled me with more life than food ever could.

Filled with God's word, I was tempted to test the powers that I discovered within myself by braving death, but those same words told me that we cannot test the source of my power, God.

God has the power to test us, We don't have the power to test him. 

Thinking about my being the Christ, the Messiah, I was tempted use my power to free my people, rule a kingdom, build an empire, maybe even write a book. I saw that these desires were my person demons.

I put my demons out of my mind, humbling myself to my Father's will, putting Him above everything else. 

 

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Jhn 8:21 I go my way

 I withdraw and you all are going to look for me and are going to die in your failure. Where I lead, you lack the power to follow. 

Jhn 8:19 Ye neither know me,

You have seen neither me nor my Father. If you had seen me, you also might have seen my Father.

Jhn 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself,

 I am giving evidence concerning myself, and he is giving evidence concerning me [pause] the one who sent me out, the Father. 

Jhn 8:17 It is also written in your law,

 And in your people's law, on the other hand, it has been written that the evidence of two people is honest. 

Jhn 8:16 And yet if I judge,

 And if I might however judge [in the future], that judgement of mine is honest since I am not alone but I [am with] the one sending me, the Father. 

Jhn 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh;

You condemn the physical. I will not decide anything.

Jhn 8:14 Though I bear record of myself,

 Just possibly I might have given evidence concerning myself. My evidence is honest because I have seen the source from which I came and where I am going. You, however, have not seen where I am coming from and where I am going. 

Jhn 8:12 I am the light of the world:

 I am the bright spot of the world order. Someone following me will not ever wander in the dark. Rather, he will hold onto the knowledge of existence. 

Jhn 8:11 Neither do I condemn thee:

Nor do I come down on you. Carry on.  From now on, don't make this mistake.

Jhn 8:10 Woman, where are those thine accusers?

 Where are they? No one has chosen against you? 

Jhn 8:7 He that is without sin among you,

 The unerring of you throws the first rock at her. 

Jhn 7:38 He that believeth on me

The writings have spoken of the one believing in me. From the emptiness within him, the streams of the changing time can perpetually change. 

Jhn 7:37 If any man thirst,

If anyone might  [say] "I have a longing," come to me and celebrate. 

Jhn 7:34 Ye shall seek me,

 You are going to look for me and not only are you not going to discover me but where I am you lack the power to proceed. 

Jhn 7:33 Yet a little while am I with you

 For a little time I am with you as I am going to the one who sent me.