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John's Gospel a new look no 16

Updated on September 21, 2012

Jn. 10:32-41 The critical question.



Jn.10:32-41 The critical decision: What will you do with Jesus?


The Jewish leaders were confused to say the least. There was no doubt about the miracles that Jesus performed. They were not done in secret but in full view of the public. The problem was that the person doing these miracles also amazingly claimed to be the son of God. That stretched their belief too far. If he had claimed to be a prophet they perhaps could have accepted his claim.


The stated reason for John writing his gospel account is ‘that you may believe that Jesus is the son of God..’(Jn. 20:31) We today face the same dilemma. The miracles and the claim of divinity go together. It then becomes easier to simply reject the story of the miracles as something that people like John made up. Then we do not have to face the question about who Jesus claimed to be.


Jesus answered their unbelief by saying that the miracles he did in his Father’s name testified of who he was. The choice to believe or reject Jesus was theirs, as it is ours today. The challenge is to read the Gospel and come up with your own answer. The apostle Paul in Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes through the word. Spend some time in the word before you decide!



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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. I am beginning to think that The Word read in Love is the most powerful thing there is on earth. The Word read in distrust and non-belief creates an inner antagonism. I suppose it is meant to be that way.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Well said!

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