The Unmistakable

“I and the Father are one.”

Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus said to them,  “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father.  For which of these do you stone me?”

“We are not stoning you for any of these,”  replied the Jews,  “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”  John 10:30-33.

The Jews decided to challenge Jesus.  They caught Him walking in the temple just taking in the peace of it, from the sound of the text, and confronted Him.  “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Jesus’ reply angered them so much they took up stones to kill Him.  Now this might seem a singular event but they had been looking for a reason to kill Him for a long time, and this time they found one.  Not that their conclusion had any validity.  They asked, He answered.  They didn’t like His answer, so they decided to rid themselves of His influence once and for all.

Humans are fickle creatures.  They claim to want a Savior, then when they get one they decide he’s not good enough and crucify him in public opinion or kill him outright.  The Jews wanted a David mixed with a Joshua, not this rabbi from a despised town.

Up to this point Jesus had been rather cryptic in His claims to being the messiah and God’s Son.  Using the evidence of His miracles and teaching to support His claims—or hints in His case.  Yet wouldn’t you or I know what that when He called God His Father, He was claiming to be God?  I don’t  think so, because God called David His son and Abraham’s descendents His children.

Jesus rebukes the Jews frustration,  “I did tell you, but you do not believe.”  The leaders of Israel prided themselves on their spiritual insight into the Torah, yet they missed Jesus references to Himself by a mile, which tells me there was something else at work in them.

A person who hears the truth yet sidesteps it or in some way doesn’t grasp the significance of what is said has a one of three problems:  1)  they are out of touch with reality  2)  they have brain damage and therefore cannot understand what is being said  3)  they are so fixated on something else what is said makes no sense to their current state of mind.

I choose number 3 as the problem with the Jews.  Their own interpretations were so much more attractive than this man from Galilee that their spiritual ears were hardened.  All they heard Him say was that He was God, nothing else Jesus said struck a chord in their hearts.

Look at the evidence for Jesus’ claims.

He walked on water.  Raised the dead.  Healed leprosy, turned water into wine, cured a man born blind and taught with great authority.  He calmed a storm with a firm rebuke.

The Jews knew all this for they had spies everywhere watching His every move.  The evidence for Jesus being sent by God was overwhelming.  So why did they refuse to believe in Him?

Their eyes were not fixed on God.  They had no relationship to their own Master except as a religious movement.  They saw the miracles as evidence of Satan rather than God.  How they concluded this, I’m at a loss to figure.  Everything Jesus did went against the norm of Satan’s kingdom.  To heal a person Jesus never had to draw symbols, chant spells or any of that hocus pocus that accompanies the world’s methods of such things.  Especially during His time would His methods have stood out in stark contrast to the world around Him—even to  the priests and rabbis.  All He did when He healed or commanded a miracle was speak the word and it happened.  There were no special words, no blood spilled and nothing done in a dark place.

The power of Jesus was instantaneous and final, yet the Jews refused Him.  Do you think they wanted the theatrics?  Of course they did!  They also expected the messiah to deliver them from their Roman oppressors and set up Israel at the same time as a world power again.  Unfortunately these people had no heart for the world in the way God did.  They would rule world with callous, cruel and careless power wielded at their own pleasure and with disregard for any other nation besides their own.  Their nature was not in the image of God but a religious reflection of the world’s attitudes and methods.  In other words, they had the right store front but the same products.  They put on the religion of the invisible God but refused the heart.

Even in the law mercy, grace and love for all people was paramount.  The most legalistic document in our religion’s backlog of teachings has mercy and just at its core.  Study it and you’ll see God places justice and mercy throughout the whole of the law.  These leaders ignored this teaching for their preferred conclusion.

Jesus came to give life to the full. 

They just wanted to be in charge. 

Jesus came to save.

They wanted to preserve their way of life.

Jesus came to change the heart.

The preferred their current mix of self-actualization.

“I did tell you, but do not believe.  The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but do not believe because you are not my sheep.”

My last point is this:  From this text we know Jesus claimed to be God.  The Jews about to stone Him knew it, so why do others refuse to acknowledge this truth?  There’s no mistaking His claim here because the Jews listening sure got the message.  When they told Him what they heard Him say, notice He didn’t deny He said it.

Now That’s something to think about, wouldn’t you say?

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2 Responses to “The Unmistakable”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    This is why still today we’d rather believe our own opinion rather than the Word. Not that we have brain damage but that we don’t want to give our belief system that we are right and know best.

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