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The Gospel of John-Day 41

May 13, 2019 by Matthew Sink 0 comments

John 10:22-39 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

Belief in Jesus must have been tough for many people in His day. Some people in Israel had watched Jesus grow from a boy to a man. They had known His parents and His brothers. How do you reconcile details like that into faith in the Messiah? Others had heard the stories about His sketchy birth. Still others knew the facts about the unglamorous beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and how the religious leaders sought to kill Him. How could any of that be true of God’s anointed?
 
That’s what makes Jesus’ answers to the religious leaders so interesting in John 10. They know all of the “facts” about Him, too, and Jesus does not attempt to debate them. He never takes the role of prosecuting attorney and picks apart the information that they think they know. Instead, Jesus points to His actions. He says, “If you want to know who I am, take a look at what I am doing. Look at the signs and wonders. Pay attention to the blind people who can see, and the lame who can walk, then connect the dots. If you want to know who I am, look at my works.”
 
As a Christian, sometimes I get so caught up in the logic of apologetic arguments that I forget the basis of my testimony – what Christ has done in me and others I love. I have witnessed lives changed so dramatically that it’s hard to believe they're the same people! I’ve seen prisoners find freedom. I’ve watched people who thought their lives were over begin a brand new chapter. I never get tired of these stories of new life, because they all remind us of a God who is active and working – a Savior who changes everything.

If you are a Christian, remember that there is no more powerful testimony for Christ than the testimony of a changed life. And if you are skeptical about Jesus, zero in on two things: #1 – the insurmountable evidence that Jesus was dead, and then alive! #2 – the new life that He continues to breathe into people who come in contact with Him. You can learn a great deal about who He is by what He has done.

 

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