The standard teaching on John 8:56 is Abraham saw the day that Christ was crucified and that he rejoiced and was glad. The problem is that the phrase “my day” is a reference to the day of Christ. There are four references in scripture to the “day of Christ or day of Jesus Christ.” There are other problems as well with this teaching.
John 8:56 (KJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Matthew 21:42 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Psalm 118:22 (KJV) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psalm 118:23 (KJV) This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:24 (KJV) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 has someone that “will rejoice and be glad” about a certain day just like Abraham in John 8:56 where Abraham rejoiced and was glad. The context of Psalm 118:24 is the second coming of Christ. In Psalm 118:22 has both the first coming “the stone which the builders refused” the second coming “is become the head stone of the corner.” The stone in Psalm 118:24 is Christ. When the stone is the head of the corner, this is the second coming of Christ. The day in Psalm 118:24 is the day of Christ. Abraham is the father of Israel. He would rejoice and be glad for the second coming of Christ. The second coming of Christ for Israel means that they went through the seven years of Tribulation. Israel has been reconciled back to God. Israel has accepted her Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Israel has been forgiven for rejecting and murdering her messiah the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has destroyed all the armies of the nations that wanted to destroy Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ takes care of the beast and the false prophet. As the father of Israel, the second coming of Christ is indeed a day for Abraham to rejoice. It is a great day indeed for the nation of Israel. Israel will rule and reign with the King of the Jews, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Genesis 22, the Lord commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. After Abraham passed the test to sacrifice his son, why would he rejoice and be glad when God sacrifices his son, the Lord Jesus Christ??? Is Abraham going to rejoice and be glad at the death of God’s son??? As a Christian, the Lord Jesus Christ died in my place on a cross at Calvary. I am thankful for what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me on the cross at Calvary. I am thankful the Lord Jesus Christ washed me from my sins in his own blood. I do not rejoice or am glad about the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ dying for my sins is very sobering and solemn. The day to rejoice and to be glad is the day that the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth and rules as Lord of lords and King of kings. This will be a great day indeed!!! When the second coming of the Lord occurs, the church will have been raptured out before the Tribulation, the church will have appeared before the judgment seat of Christ and Christians will have a new glorified body like the Lord Jesus Christ. The church will come back to the earth with the Lord Jesus Christ as a conquering army. The day of the second coming of Christ is going to be a great day indeed!!!
Revelation 11:15 (KJV) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 17:14 (KJV) ¶ These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 19:16 (KJV) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:17 (KJV) And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Revelation 19:18 (KJV) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
Revelation 19:19 (KJV) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Revelation 19:20 (KJV) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 19:21 (KJV) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Isaiah 63:1 (KJV) ¶ Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Isaiah 63:2 (KJV) Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
Isaiah 63:3 (KJV) I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Isaiah 63:4 (KJV) For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
Isaiah 63:5 (KJV) And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
Isaiah 63:6 (KJV) And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
Revelation 14:17 (KJV) And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
Revelation 14:18 (KJV) And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Revelation 14:19 (KJV) And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Revelation 14:20 (KJV) And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
The enemies of God spilled the blood of God at the first coming of Christ. At the second coming of Christ, Christ will spill the blood of his enemies.
Acts 20:28 (KJV) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 (KJV) In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Thessalonians 1:9 (KJV) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2 Thessalonians 1:10 (KJV) When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Revelation 20:2 (KJV) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:3 (KJV) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
This is the day to rejoice and to be glad. The day that the Lord Jesus Christ kills his enemies and takes control of the earth to reign as King of kings. This is the greatest of all days. This is the day that God is looking forward to.
John 8:56 (KJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
John 8:56 says “Abraham rejoiced to see my day”. My day is the day of Christ. The day of Christ is the second coming of Christ not the first coming of Christ. Below are the verses that speak about the day of Christ, which is “my day” in John 8:56.
Philippians 1:6 (KJV) Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 makes it clear that the day of Christ is a future day. The day that Jesus Christ was crucified and the day that Christ rose from the grave is well in the past. The day of Christ could not be the day that Jesus Christ was crucified or the day that he rose from the grave.
Philippians 1:10 (KJV) That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Philippians 1:10 is a future day. The day that Jesus Christ was crucified has already passed and this is years later. The day of Christ could not be the day that Jesus Christ was crucified or the day that he rose from the grave.
Philippians 2:16 (KJV) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Paul in Philippians 2:16 speaks of the day of Christ as after Paul dies. Therefore, the day of Christ could not be the day that Jesus Christ was crucified or rose from the grave.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 (KJV) ¶ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Paul speaks of the day of Christ as being at hand. That means it is in the future. It could not be the day of the death of Christ or the day that Christ rose from the grave. The bottom line is that Jesus Christ is telling us in John 8:56 that Abraham saw the day that Christ will return, rule and reign as a king over all the earth. John 8:56 has nothing to do with the first coming of Christ; it has everything to do with the second coming of Christ.