I've never been one to force chiasms on the
texts I am studying, but this one came about rather organically. While studying
John 8:31-59 for the past few weeks in preparation for an upcoming sermon at
Salt Company, I began to see a pattern emerging as I outlined of the passage.
Typically the focal point of a chiasm is the center pair, which in this case
would be the issue of freedom in Christ and consequentially slavery outside of
Christ. This seems central to the passage and the primary impetus behind the
ferocity with which the "believers" reject their Deliverer.