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Tell us plainly: Are You the Christ?

Scripture reading for May 19th: John 10:22-42

Jesus had an ongoing debate with the Jews in religious leadership.  There were some who believed in Him and there were others who wanted to kill Him.  One of the main reasons that they wanted to kill Him was that they believed that He claimed to be God.  Any man claiming to be God was blaspheming God in their eyes.  The only one who wouldn’t, would actually be God!

“Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.  The Jews gathered around Him, saying, “How long will You keep us in suspense?  If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe.  The miracles I do in My Father’s name speak for Me, but you do not believe because you are not My sheep.  My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.  . . I and the Father are One.” (John 10:24-28,30)

Jesus had told them plainly on several occasions that He was one with the Father and that the miracles He did were from the Father.  Here Jesus tells them to believe Him because of the miracles.  Miracles were prophetically a mark of the Messiah, especially opening of blind eyes!  (Isaiah 35:3-6)  Jesus had just healed a man blind from birth.  This had caused a great stir because He did this miracle on the Sabbath, violating the rules of the religious leaders.  Their pride in their religious rules had kept them blind to Jesus as the Messiah!

Jesus returned to the sheep and shepherd illustration.  He told these Jews that they did not listen to Him because they were not His sheep.  His sheep would hear His voice and Jesus would give them eternal life.  As a good Shepherd, no one would snatch them out of His hand.  He was able to keep them from all harm!  The reason for this was that Jesus and the Father were one!  This sent these leaders into a rage and they picked up stones to stone Him.  (John 10:31-32)  Have you decided who Jesus is yet?   Jesus has plainly spoken and the miracles He did are true.  Will you worship Him or stone Him?

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