Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

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Ministry

These Jews were angered that Christ would claim equality with the Father, and so they “took up stones to stone Him” (v. 31). Jesus asks why this good work deserves such cruel  treatment (v. 32). They claimed that they did not have a problem with His works but objected because He, a mere  man, claimed to be God (v.33). This, they said, was blasphemy. They had ignored what Christ did, and were judging Him on what He had said. He told them; If His works did not verify His claim, then they should not believe on Him (vv. 34-38).

Again they wanted to arrest Jesus, but because of their hostility toward Him He went across the Jordan river to Perea, and did not return to Jerusalem until “Palm Sunday” (vv. 39-41). The common people continued to seek Jesus, as He continued to minister to them, “and many believed on Him” (v. 42). We now come to the climax of Jesus’ public ministry. In a sense his ministry remains public until chapter 13, but this encounter is the last public teaching before the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Here He speaks as clearly as possible about himself and his opponents. This exchange is his last effort to get them to understand who He is.

The opponents in Jerusalem have rejected him, but now, across the Jordan, many come to Him and believe in Him (vv. 41-42). They have received John’s witness concerning Jesus. Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true (v. 41). The opponents in Jerusalem have rejected Him, but now, across the Jordan, many come to Him and believe in Him (vv. 41-42). They have received John’s witness concerning Jesus. Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about Him was true (v. 41). Now, in all Jesus has said and done, the truth of this testimony has been made evident to those who are able to see.

Application

Jesus continued to minister to people, even when many were hostile to Him, right to the end of his life. Regardless of the circumstances I want to be able to minister right to the end of my life.

John 10:31-42 (English Standard Version)

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be broken-- do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 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 am in the Father." Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there.

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