A Lost Argument

Jesus answered them,  “Is it not written in your Law,  ‘I have said you are gods’?  If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken—what about the one whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world?  Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said,  ‘I am God’s Son’?”  John 10:34-36.

Nothing convinced them.

Ok, here’s a rabbit trail…how come these guys couldn’t capture one man?  I mean how hard would it be to surround Jesus and hold Him?  I’m pretty sure they couldn’t do so because the timing wasn’t right, but still, it seems they attempted several times to grab Him and failed.  Until Judas, of course.

Jesus’ argument appeals to the Jews’ commonsense, practical side.  In a nutshell His answer to them picking up stones seems to be,  “Hey look, you’re out to stone me for claiming to be God’s Son, yet you did ask if I was the messiah or not and I answered.  You didn’t like my answer but the miracles I perform testify that my claim is true, so why would you stone me when the evidence that I’m speaking the truth is in my favor?  Even your own Law called the prophets and servants of God ‘gods’ so why condemn me for the same claim since I work miracles beyond what anyone in Israel’s history has ever been able to do?”

Jehovah’s Witness and a few other “Christian” cults and sects claim the Jews misunderstood Jesus’ claim to God-hood and that He wasn’t claiming anything any other human couldn’t.  In other words Jesus wasn’t God but a god, a Son of God no different than anyone else in Israel or believers today.  I don’t buy this argument for one minute because John 1 makes it quite plain that Jesus created the world, which anyone who read Genesis would know only God could do.  No, Jesus claimed to be one with the Father in a unique way outside of human capability or possibility.

Yet I need to clarify His example demonstrated what we could have as well.  We can be one with God through Jesus Christ—may be not as God, but as gods.  He set us an example of what our lives could be like if we just opened to the Spirit of God.

A truth we often miss from this text is Jesus statement “and Scripture cannot be broken”.  I don’t know why it’s passed over so often, may be because we assume it’s truth or get sidetracked by the issue between Him and the Jews.  Whatever it is we need to burn this truth into our minds.  Scripture cannot be parcelled out or piecemealed it has to be taken as a whole to be understood.  The seeming dichotomies and paradoxes which exist in Scripture deal with God’s efforts on behalf of sinful human beings not His desire for the universe at large.  This truth is one of the main reasons I encourage people to study the Law and prophets once they get a handle on the gospels.  Without an understanding of the past, we can never really grasp the present or the future.

At the end of the day, Jesus left Jerusalem for the other side of the Jordan, where John began his ministry.  I don’t think He did this just as means of getting away from the Jews.  In fact, as I read the text it seems to be a subtle reminder of John’s testimony about His identity as the messiah.  Those who followed or met Him there concluded that John was right.

Have you ever been to a place where the past comes up to remind you of a truth or something special that happened there?  I think the Jews would have been even more inclined toward this way of remembering because they were to put marker stones (see Joshua 4:1-9 as an example) everywhere God did something special in order to remind themselves of His work on their behalf.  This place where John’s ministry began reminded them of his testimony about Jesus and they could say,  “all that John said about this man was true.”  And in that place many believed in Jesus

Why is it the those outside the seats of power, the center of learning and social hubs accept Jesus where the powerful, educated and socially aware do not?

It has to do with arrogance, in some cases, but I also think that many of us become so fat with our own brand of religion, politics or popularity that we simply don’t want anything more than what we have.  God’s approval or disapproval means nothing if we are already wealthy in the world’s view of us.  I still see dissatisfied, dysfunctional people and unhappiness in that camp, but I know their arguments.  Most just don’t want God to interfere with what they want to do while at the same time they expect Him to keep them out of trouble, secure their lives and make them happy.

If Scripture cannot be broken, then we have to conclude no one can be happy, satisfied or trouble free outside of obedience to God.  Nothing which does not equal eternal investment will give satisfaction beyond the moment.  No blessing of the moment which is not sanctified by the Spirit of God will last for eternity.

The Jews loved the praise of men (see John 12:43, Luke 11:43) but ignored the praise of God.  They craved power, prestige and wealth thinking these things were a sign of God’s favor, all the while refusing the heart God wanted them not only display but to create inside.  Thus they rejected Jesus for temporary profit.

We who believe give ourselves over to the humble carpenter who came not in grand style, flashy parades or a beautiful person.  He shows us that the ordinary of God is of more value than the empty profit the world offers.  A person who becomes beautiful in spirit grows in worth not only to God but others around them as well as themselves.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “A Lost Argument”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    So true, it breaks my heart to see people so lost in their own misery when help is standing at their side. We have to believe the entire word and not just our opinion of what we choose to believe and what we choose not to.

  2. Christian Music Downloads Says:

    I don’t understand much that. English not my native language.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: