A Mere Man

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. John 10:31-39

The Jewish leaders had a nasty habit of picking up stones when they couldn’t win an argument. They didn’t look at it that way. They would say they were only trying to protect God against “a mere man.”

A mere man doesn’t heal a blind man.
A mere man doesn’t change water into wine.
A mere man doesn’t defend a prostitute caught in the act.
A mere man doesn’t claim to be God while he’s speaking to leaders who could put him to death on the spot.
A mere man doesn’t say he’s the only way to God.

We know that Jesus was not a mere man as the leaders claimed. We also know that those same leaders would never recognize Him as the Son of God. What else could he have done to prove himself to them?

What else can he possibly do to prove Himself to us?

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