"If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say." (John 8:42-43)

Jesus is continuing to debate the Jewish pharisees. This statement follows them saying:
"The only Father we have is God Himself." (John 8:41)
Jesus' response indicates the misunderstanding these pharisees have about Jesus. Jesus states clearly that they are not hearing him, as he has already clarified the matter:
"Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say."
And what is it that the pharisees are not hearing him say? This becomes clear from the previous sentence:
"I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me." 
The pharisees thought that Jesus was claiming to be God or God-like.

Yet Jesus is clearly saying that God sent him. Therefore, he is God's representative.

This was not clear to the pharisees because they were envious. They did not want anyone to undermine their authority. Someone other than them claiming to be God's representative, who also criticizes what they are doing is undermining their authority over others. Therefore, they are not hearing Jesus because they want to hold on to their positions of authority.

The pharisees were professional teachers elected by councils that sought to maintain the authority of their institution. And they were paid to hold their positions. They were also, by virtue of their appointment, given respect and authority. By rite, they were to be held in esteem and respected. Anyone not respecting a pharisee would become an outcast, and denied their position in Jewish society.

Jesus' teachings undermined the pharisees' authority. Jesus saw through their pompous ceremonies and their supposed authority. He understood that their titles might infer they represented God, but they actually did not. And because of this, they wanted Jesus out of the way.

It is ironic that this ecclesiastic authority by pharisees has also occurred within the various ecclesiastic sects of today and over the past 16 centuries. The ecclesiastic sectarian priests, cardinals, bishops, popes, ministers, reverends and preachers have become professional teachers who gain their positions through election by councils that seek the interests of their respective institutions. And also ironically, they maintain these professional titles and their positions of authority by teaching that Jesus was God and all we have to do is accept that he died on the cross for our sins and we are "saved" - or "born again" as they profess.

Is this what Jesus taught? Why, then, did Jesus teach at all, if his dying on the cross would automatically save humanity? Like the pharisees Jesus is speaking to here, these ecclesiastic teachers did not hear what Jesus said. They made up their own teaching in order to maintain their authority.

Jesus did not teach that all we have to do is accept that he is God and died on the cross for our sins and we are saved. Rather, Jesus stated that the Supreme Being sent him:
"I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me." 
How could Jesus be any clearer that this?

And what did God send Jesus to teach?
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38)
And why should anyone who accepts God and that God sent Jesus love Jesus?
"If God were your Father you would love me"
Because Jesus came to this hellish place, and suffered greatly, just to teach us to love God in hopes that we will have a change of heart and return to our relationship with the Supreme Being. In other words, Jesus came to take us home with him. 

How could we not love someone who cares so greatly for us?


(For a more appropriate translation of Jesus' statement, see the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Eight - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)