Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message.
I am telling you what I saw when I was with my Father. But you are following the advice of your father.”
“Our father is Abraham!” they declared. “No,” Jesus replied, “for if you were really the children of Abraham, you would follow his example.
Instead, you are trying to kill me because I told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham never did such a thing.
No, you are imitating your real father.” They replied, “We aren’t illegitimate children! God himself is our true Father.”
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.
Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!
Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”