Tell Us Plainly

Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt?  If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

John 10:24-26, 30-31

There is an interesting exchange between Jesus and some of the Jews in this passage that has, unfortunately, been repeated in the hearts and minds of many people throughout history.

They asked Him in verse 24 and 25 to “tell us plainly” “If thou be the Christ.”  They wanted Him to come right out and say that He was Christ.  So He did.  “I and my Father are one.”  It doesn’t get much plainer than that.  Of course, He had told them that He was the Christ many times before that, but they refused to believe Him.  After asking Him and simple question and getting a simple answer, they still didn’t believe Him.  In fact, after answering them plainly, “…the Jews took up stones again to stone him.”

They asked the correct question: “are you the Christ?”  But they refused to believe the answer.  They flat-out rejected the answer.  They came so close to Jesus and so close to eternal life that they could reach out and touch Him.  But they still refused to believe Him.

How many people do we know who are the same way?  Maybe we have even been that way at one point or another.  We need to pray that people who come face to face with Jesus will not be as these Jews and reject Him, but will accept Him and believe Him.  Imagine if these Jews had believed Him instead of trying to stone Him – how different history would have been!

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