What did Jesus mean when He said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was glad"?

Does this mean Abraham "saw" this in his own time while he was still alive and on the earth, or did He mean that Abraham had seen Jesus in heaven? Or did Jesus mean this in some other way?

John 8:56

NKJV - 56 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2014 Mini Mauricio López

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Stringio Frank Scimeca

People in the Old Testament looked FORWARD to Messiah as we look BACK to Messiah.

July 02 2014 Report

Mini Salem Markus Purba

Through Jesus, all promises of God to Abram (Genesis 12: 2-3) was about to be fulfilled.

July 02 2014 Report

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