Illustration: “Resistance,” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 1937.
“‘ 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'” (John 10:30-33).
Here is where “the rubber meets the road.” Jesus takes the opportunity of the Feast of Dedication to make an extraordinary claim. “I and the Father are one.” You see, to be the Messiah, He must be God. Judah, the one whom God used to deliver His people from the oppressive rule of the Syrians, was just a man. He did not claim to be God. In the same way, God used Moses to deliver his people from the oppressive rule of the Egyptians. But Moses never claimed to be God, either.
Israel’s prophet Isaiah prophesied that Messiah must be both God and man. A child born of a virgin, a son who is called Immanuel, “God With Us.” Jesus is Messiah, God with us. Blasphemy? No, not if it is the truth. But the truth isn’t always easy to understand. How can God be a man? How could He die? Truth does not require understanding, and neither does faith. Faith clings to what it knows is true, and clings to the One who claimed to be the Truth: Jesus, True God and True Man.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I long to teach Your truth to one who does not know yYou. Teach me through Your Word, and send someone with questions that I might answer. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.
Ponder the path: So many say that they are afraid to tell others about their walk with Jesus because they may not have the right words or answers to questions. Prepare well and pray. God will give what you need, and it’s OK to say, “I don’t know, let’s look into it.”