Jesus said " I AM..." - IN THE FATHER - John 10:38
WHO is Jesus Christ'? Like Jesus' contemporaries, many today are unsure about the answer to this question. At this point in John's narrative, Jesus justifies his claim to be God's Son (36), in the face of Jewish at tempts to arrest him.
AN OFFER OF FREEDOM
This encounter took place at the Feast of Dedication, when the Jews celebrated the freedom won for them by Judas Maccabaeus in 164 BC.
Despite this, they were still living under the control of a Roman army of occupation. Jesus offers new life and freedom from all the fears and prejudices that controlled their lives (28).
* In what ways can it be hard to accept Jesus' offer of freedom?
AN OFFER OF RELATIONSHIP
The Jews accused Jesus of blas phemy, 'because you, a mere man, claim to be God' (33). As defence he points them to the evidence of his miracles (25), and words (27). He argues from Psalm 82, which talks about those commissioned to bring God's help and justice as ''gods''.
How much more does this point to Jesus as God's Son (34-6). His life and works are clear enough evidence of his unique relationship to his Father: the Father is in me, and I in the Father. (38).
* How can we develop the relationship that Jesus enjoyed with God, in which ' do what my Father does'(37)?
This passage lays down clearly the choice we face: either we reject Jesus' claim to be 'in the Father', or we believe that he is who he claimed to be (39,42). As C.S. Lewis expressed it, Jesus was either bad, mad or truly God.
by PAUL HARDINGHAM