Read: John 10:1-42
Focus: John 10:30
“The Father and I are One.”
Have you ever heard someone say that Jesus never claimed He was God? I’ve heard this rationalization at various points in my life; however, in today’s focus verse, Jesus very clearly claims that He is One and the same with the Father, making Himself God. The Jews understood the importance of this claim because a few verses later in John 10:33, they state that they are preparing to stone Jesus to death “for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God”. This, however, isn’t the only supporting scripture in which the claim is made that Jesus is One with the Father or God; some others are below:
John 1:1: In the beginning the Word (Jesus) already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 8:58: “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
John 5: 17 – 18: In His defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
Matthew 11:27: “My Father has entrusted everything to Me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”
Matthew 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
If Jesus weren’t claiming to be God, these verses wouldn’t make sense. In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis puts forth what is called the trilemma or “mad”, “bad”, or “God” argument. C.S. Lewis wrote, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg, or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.” In other words, when we read the Bible and take Jesus at His own words, we are only left with three options:
1. The Bible is a lie, and either Jesus didn’t exist or the words written in the Bible aren’t true.
2. Jesus spoke the words attributed to Him in the Bible, but those words aren’t true making Jesus a madman and/or a liar.
or 3. Jesus’ words are true, and He is the Son of God and Lord of All.
My own research, my experiences, and the way God has answered specific prayers in my life through Jesus have eliminated options 1 and 2 for me. Which only leaves Option 3: Jesus’ words are true, and He is the Son of God and Lord of All.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that You, along with the Father and Holy Spirit, are God. I may not fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but I believe You. I believe that You lived a sinless life as both fully man and fully God and that You died to completely pay my sin debt, were resurrected to show Your eternal victory over death, and are now sitting at the right hand of the father interceding for me. I believe that Your Holy Spirit lives in me and has sealed me as Yours and that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. In Jesus’ Name I pray… Amen