At a time when the Church was in a crisis of leadership, Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, stepped up and called the Church back to a respect for ordered leadership structure. This was a lesson the Church has not completely forgotten.
Sermon on John 8:48-59 by Nathan Wheeler.
Some Jews in Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles, who had believed in Jesus earlier in the dialogue, now judge Jesus a blasphemer worthy of execution. They stumbled over their failure to understand Jesus, when they should have paid attention to the evidence of the Spirit with him.