Keep the word of Christ and not taste death 

New Testament: John 8.52

To read the Bible in a year, read John 8.37–59 on May 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Jesus promised the Jews that if they kept his word, they would never see death. In their minds, that persuaded them that Jesus was possessed by a demon: “Then the Jews said to Him, ‘Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death’” (John 8.52). 

They understood correctly that Jesus claimed to be greater than Abraham and the prophets, all of whom had already died. 

Yet, Jesus died not too long after this conversation. However, he did not remain dead, but his spirit re-entered his body and he raised himself from the dead, showing that he is greater than Abraham, the prophets, and anyone else you can name. 

Do what Jesus teaches you to do, and discover that death no longer has a hold over you. 


  • What did Jesus mean that, by keeping his word, we shall not taste death? 
  • Are you keeping his word? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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