Gospel – April 3, 2020 – John 10:31-42
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him,
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
“Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
“John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.
Imagine, if you will, being born into a life with no knowledge of the Messiah in that upbringing. You hear he will one day come but that’s it. And then one day a charismatic leader comes along and claims to be the Messiah. What would you do? Would you follow him? Like the Davidians followed David Koresh? Would you revile him like the atheist who strive not to believe because they would then be responsible when death arrives like Madelyn Murray O’Hare? If you were a powerful leader would you try to have others kill him so you wouldn’t lose your powerful place?
Or would you listen – think – be transformed? That was the majority of Jews that Jesus came upon. They loved the message and therefore the Messenger. Many believed he was the Son of God. Others a prophet. The rest just wanted to learn from him.
He was a man unafraid – a Messenger of hope and love. He came for us – not himself. He gave us proof but still he was rejected.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…