In John 8:44 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees, a group of legalistic Jews, about the devil (Satan). “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” (NLT).
Satan is not only a liar but also the father of lies. In John 10:10, Jesus says this about him: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy” (NLT). Who does he want to steal from and kill and destroy? Us! And one of his primary tools is lies.
Here is the second half of that verse: “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Satan is out to kill us. Jesus came to bring us life—a satisfying one. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. When we receive him as Lord and Savior, our sins are forgiven. That’s the truth. But Satan brings those sins up to us and tries to condemn us for them. That’s a lie. Just like the believers described in today’s scripture, we can defeat the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and our testimony. Jesus shed his blood for us and we are forgiven. That’s the truth. That’s what we need to declare to the world—and to our enemy when he comes at us with his accusing lies.