We believe Jesus is who He says He is.
Some people are crazy. You never know what is going to come out of their mouth or what they will do next. People thought Jesus was crazy. People thought he had lost his mind. If there were news stations back in Jesus time he would have been breaking news all the time. We have breaking news “Jesus the carpenter from rural Nazareth has done it again! He has healed a blind man with his spit and some mud!” That would be amazing news! Jesus came not just to meet peoples’ physical needs but to reconnect all of creation with the creator.
All of us are separated from God because of our sin. No one is perfect. Our choices separate us from God. But here is the amazing thing! God came to earth to pay our debt. Our sin account balance will always be at zero, if you chose to follow Jesus. Jesus is one of two things to you. He is a crazy man, who made wild claims about himself or He is who He says He is. The love that God has for us is crazy!
22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.[d] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. 32 Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”
33 They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures[e] that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’[f] 35 And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ 36 why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. 37 Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. 38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
39 Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. 40 He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile.41 And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” 42 And many who were there believed in Jesus. -John 10:22-42
During this series called “Required” I am challenging everyone to read through the book of John 1-21. It takes 21 days to make a habit. Start by reading a chapter a day for 21 days. I promise God will speak to you.