Let the world see you are a son and daughter of God
John 10: 31-41
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “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 Scripture cannot be set aside— 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 the works of my Father. 38 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.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. 40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.
It is important to grasp an understanding of Psalm 82 prior to reading this simply because Jesus quotes from it.
In verse 6-7of the Psalm it says, ““I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ 7 But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” It could well be referring to when God gave the law to His people they all tried but failed to keep it. They were given special status, ‘gods’ and ‘sons of the Most High’ but they failed to live up to their name. They broke the law time and again and it resulted in them being exiled. Every generation would try and then fail again. They could not complete what they were called for.
Jesus’ enemies are standing with stones in their hands because he takes the title that was never lived up to, ‘God’s Son’. Jesus reminds them that He is only being what they are also called to be. Of course it is all so different. Jesus fulfils the title. He shows the law is not impossible to keep because he and the Father are one. Where we failed he succeeded and he did so because of the unity he has with the Father, because He is one with God. It falls on deaf ears and they try to seize him but fail. They fail at being sons of God and they fail at seizing the Son of God.
John then beautifully writes of how Jesus escapes back to the place it all began with John the Baptist “and in that place many people believed.” What a contrast!
The same offer is here for us.
Our ability to be who we were created to be is found in a relationship and it is with Jesus.
As you pursue that some will pick up stones but others will believe. But it is time for the world to see the sons of God (and daughters!).