A crowd had gathered around Jesus, and I suppose many a sermon could begin that way. But, once again, a crowd had gathered. Among this crowd were deriders and those who sought to sully Jesus' reputation—Pharisees and their disciples, scribes and teachers of the law, perhaps some Sadducees. Never letting a situation go without some instruction—these are his people after all, the ones created through Him, the ones He was sent to—Jesus talks to the crowd assembled. He instructs, and some believe. To them that believe in Him He says, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."