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Faith or unbelief in the reality of who Jesus is.
John 10.30-33 – “The Father and I are one.”
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?”
33 The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.”
Verse 30, “The Father and I are one,” is the exact half-way point of John’s Gospel. It sums up the entire Gospel in six words.
(1) Do you want to know God the Father? Look at Jesus.
(2) Do you want to know the Father’s will? Listen to Jesus?
(3) Do you want to know the Father’s love? Look where Jesus goes.
(4) Do you want to live? Walk with Jesus.
Readers today read Jesus’ words and rejoice. Everything we need to know about God is right before our eyes in the life and ministry of Jesus.
For the religious leaders of Jesus’ day it was not the case. Jesus placed himself too close in relationship to God. They believed their job was to protect God against people who thought too highly of themselves, and Jesus was their number one problem.
Jesus had confidence that the works the Father had given him to do were the single clearest evidence that his words were true (see verse 32).
The authorities saw it another way. They felt Jesus was a human being, claiming to be God (verse 33). Jesus’ claim was worthy of the charge of blasphemy in the eyes of these people.
Jesus answers the charge of blasphemy.
John 10.34-39 – Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’— and the scripture cannot be annulled — 36 can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
39 Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
The Bible reference for verse 34 is Psalm 82.6:
“I say, ‘You are gods,
children of the Most High, all of you . . .'”
The Psalm 82 “gods” were powerful people who were charged to do the following:
“Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy . . .” (Psalm 82.3-4).
Jesus seemed to be reasoning like this, “If these powerful people were called ‘gods,’ what should you call the Messiah? How should you refer to someone who healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years, fed 5000 people, and gave sight to a man born blind?”
Verses 37 and 38 contain an important and consistent theme in John. Jesus never did a single act on his own authority for his own personal glory. He always did the works of his Father (verse 37).
Think about it.
The people referred to as “gods” in Psalm 82 are powerful people who give justice to vulnerable people. They make sure that the lowly and destitute are not run over by the powerful. They rescue the weak and needy.
Jesus’ works were examples of Psalm eighty-two’s ideals in perfect harmony with the Father’s will. He lifted up the people that others put down and included those who were excluded by society. Praise God that he has done this for us, and has called us to join him in his continued works today.
Many follow Jesus. Praise God!
John 10.40-42 – He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41 Many came to him, and they were saying, “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.
People followed Jesus and put their trust in him. Praise God that we get to be a part of that crowd.
Your Turn and Today’s Prayer
Spend time today talking to Jesus about these four issues.
(1) Jesus, please help me with my question about who God is. Please help me understand him.
(2) Jesus, I want to better know the Father’s will. Please help me know and do his will.
(3) Jesus, I want to know the Father’s love more deeply. Please show me how to walk with you, so I can experience your love more fully.
(4) Jesus, I want to live and walk with you. Please help me know your direction better and give me the ability to live and walk with you.