Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I myself may testify concerning myself, my testimony is true, in that I discern from where I have come and to where I am going. In fact you do not discern from where I have come or to where I am going."
Jesus’ maintains that his statement ‘I am the light of the world’ is true – because he knows from where he has come and to where he is going. Is there a suggestion here that those who listen to Jesus may themselves not know where they’ve come from or where they’re going? Are his hearers in darkness, in particular, each about the origin and destiny of his or her “me”? As well as about the origin and destiny of Jesus?
“You judge with respect to the flesh; I judge no-one."
What is it ‘to judge with respect to the flesh’? Is my judgment skewed through my propensity to veer towards what is good for me personally – that is, towards my comfort?
What then is it like ‘to judge no-one’? Have you noticed how much judging there is today? The newspapers are full of folk judging (and condemning) one another, individually or in groups. Jesus didn’t judge the woman in John24.
"And in fact even if I may judge, my judgment is the truth, in that I am not alone, but I and the Father appointed me. In fact even in your own law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I myself am testifying concerning myself, and the Father who appointed me testifies concerning me.”
If Jesus were to judge (one day?) his judgment would be the truth. He explains why that is so. I’m fully persuaded that ‘the truth’ eludes us all as human beings. That doesn’t stop our unending judgment of others.