The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Therefore they were seeking again to seize Him, and He eluded their grasp.
– John 10:31-39
You’ve read enough of the New Testament at this point to be unsurprised that some of Jesus’ fellow Jews wanted to stone Him. He was – and is – a polarizing figure. People love Him or hate Him. Oh, most people who hate Him won’t admit it…even to themselves. They just avoid Him.
This passage demonstrates the irrationality of those who considered Jesus a false prophet. The Old Testament passage Jesus quotes (as indicated by the all caps) is from this psalm (and I’m showing a larger section to give the quotation some context):
I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are sons of the Most High.
Nevertheless you will die like men
And fall like any one of the princes.”
– Psalm 82:6-7
This passage actually prophesies the resurrection of the human race – that we are all going to heaven. Recall that “sons of God” is a synonym for angels. Jesus’ point is that if God says the whole human race is going to be “sons of God” – that is, residents of heaven, why should it be blasphemy for Him to be one of them since He’s a human being?
His opponents, however, were so blind by this time, they couldn’t even recognize the miracles as proof that God was active in Jesus’ life.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Father, heal me of all spiritual blindness…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)