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John34 – Who

Then the “Renewals” came to be in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews surrounded him and were stating to him, “Until when do you take our human-life? If you are the Christ, say it to us openly!” (John 10: 22)
Things are fraught in Jerusalem around AD 30 – as reported by John in his first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus. “Renewals” was a time – annually – when people there renewed their commitment to the God of the Scriptures. As with us today “winter” was the time when folk longed for spring and summer.

The Jews are determinedly emotional about this man. They cannot carry on with their lives whist he is there, doing good to all – even on Sabbath days when he should not work. Not only that, his teaching is extremely popular.
Jesus answered them, “I said it to you and you do not believe! The works that I do in the name of my Father, these testify concerning me. But you do not believe, in that you are not out of my own sheep. My own sheep hear my voice; also, I know them, and they follow me. Also I give them eternal life, and they may never self-destroy into eternity, and one will never seize them out of my hand. My Father gave these to me, he is great over all people, and no one is able to seize out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” 

Above is Jesus’ first attempt (on this occasion) to answer them openly.

So the Jews lifted up stones again in order that they might stone him. 

They don’t like his open answer. They reject it. They try to kill him.

Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father. Through which work of those are you stoning me?” 

Above is Jesus’’ second attempt to assist them to see reason.

The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you concerning a good work, but concerning blasphemy, and in that you, being a man, make yourself God.” 

The second attempt fails. He has said openly that God is his Father. That is not an acceptable answer. He is a man, not God.

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law that: ‘I said, “You are gods”’? If he said that to those ‘gods’ for whom the word of God came to be—and the scripture is not able to be undone— do you then state, to him whom the Father rendered holy and sent out into the world that, ‘You are blaspheming’ in that I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe me. If in fact I do, even if you may not believe me, believe the works - in order that you might have known, and might know, that in me the Father, also I in the Father.” 

The third attempt. In their Scriptures, God has called "gods" those for whom the word of God became real in their lives. In addition, why can't these see from his works which he, Son of God, is actually “doing” that God alone can do them? 

So they were seeking again to take him, and he came out away from their hand. 

The third attempt fails. Plans to destroy him are again studied. This time he “came away out of their hand”. In due course he won’t do that. For now he has other things to do.

And he came away again beyond the Jordan, into the place where John was baptizing at first, and he stayed there. And many came to him and were stating that surely “John did not do one sign; in fact, all things whatsoever John said concerning this man was true!” And many believed into him there. 

There – outside the city of Jerusalem – is the place where “Renewals” come to be. It’s the place where folk listened to and followed John the Baptist when he called them to change their minds and, in sorrow for their evil, to seek forgiveness from that one, vastly greater than John himself, Jesus, to whom he pointed.

‘The Father loves-in-action the Son [Jesus] and gave all things into his hand. The one believing into the Son has eternal life, in fact the one refusing the Son will not discern life—but the wrath of God stays upon him.” (John the Baptist - see John9 in this series)
“Whatsoever” John the Baptist had said about him was true. He gives life, he doesn't take away life.
Sinner Syvret

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