“If You are the Christ”
How many times did the religious leaders ask this about Jesus?
Please read one of them.
24 The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me,
26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?
35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came — and the Scripture cannot be broken—
36 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’?
37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.
38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
I want to see proof. Have you ever uttered those words? I know I have. When you say those words; if proof is given, will we believe the proof?
For instance, I tell my wife that I told her thus and such. She says, no you did not. In some of these instances, a witness (like one of our sons) backs her up.
Now my first inclination is to become angry, saying my wife and the witness are wrong.
This is a very foolish way to live.
Jesus gave the religious leaders much proof that He is the Son of God. They spurn that proof and try to silence Him by way of the cross.
When the truth is proven true, do not stand against it.
Embrace the truth and soften your hearts. The Lord Gods truth will set you free