We are not stoning you for any of these…but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.
Here Jesus asks His enemies why they want to kill Him. He points to His great miracles. After all, what was wrong with helping people?
But the good things Jesus did for people weren’t the problem. It was His claim to be God they couldn’t accept.
Jesus doesn’t recoil from the charge. He embraces it. Affirms it!
I am God's Son!
He will escape this assassination attempt. His time had not yet come. But eventually this will be the very indictment that leads to His death.
His enemies were wrong, but at some level we understand their inability to believe what must have seemed impossible. That God would come to earth as a man!
Jesus says He’s - the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world.
It is incredible when you think about it. It is inexplicable apart from one equally incredible thought. The extent of God’s love for humanity!
A love that would come on a daring rescue mission and seem to fail, dying in the attempt! But a love that provides a resurrection for the Rescuer and all who follow Him.
We believe Jesus did many miracles. And unlike His enemies that day, we have come to realize He’s God. We’re not picking up stones, but…
We still struggle to believe His promises that, as God, He is willing and able to use His power in our lives. Our inability to trust His promises to do so mirrors His enemy’s rejection of His claim to be God.
What is a faith that believes Jesus is the Son of God that does not also trust His power to do everything He promised to do for us in this life when we follow Him?