Friday, 30 March 2012

30th March 2012 John 10:31-end

 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”  “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”  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 Scripture cannot be set aside— 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’?  Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.  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 in the Father.”  Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.  Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.”  And in that place many believed in Jesus.

There is something really fascinating in the fact that Jesus says they don't have to believe he is the son of God but they surely can believe his works.  There are so many people I know who struggle to accept the 'son of God' thing but completely accept the works and majesty of Jesus and see something in that.  

Is that really enough?
I've always felt that it is because it's the place I started and from that Grace brought me on.
Jesus is allowing us to accept what we can here, what a blessing to hear.

Jesus we celebrate your ministry and preaching and ask for your grace in our understanding.  Amen

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