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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jesus Answers His Accusers – John 10:39


          The Jews are accusing Jesus of blasphemy which carries the sentence of death. Jesus responds to their accusation, “Is it written in your Law, ‘I have called you gods; if He called you gods to whom the work of God came –and the scriptures cannot be broken—what about the One whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son.’”
            Again, Jesus is using the Older Testament scriptures to teach His accusers. Jesus quoted Psalm 82:6. By saying “the scriptures cannot be broken,” Jesus is affirming the binding authority of scripture. Jesus didn’t come to break the scriptures but to fulfill them so He could ring in grace and truth through Him. Jesus had to obey all of God’s Law perfectly and completely to fulfill it and set us free to now walk with Jesus willingly through His love, grace and truth. He had to come to earth through the Jews because God gave the Law/Word of God to them. So, the Law could only be fulfilled by a Jew who obeyed it perfectly and completely by doing all that the Law required of the Jews.And, the scriptures had to be fulfilled by a holy Man because the holy Man/Adam along with the Eve were the first to sin against God. 
Psalm 82 was God’s Word through Asaph who was chief of the singers appointed by David, and a poet and prophet. God is speaking through His prophet Asaph in a song/psalm to rebuke the judges of Israel who were the religious leaders and were the moral, spiritual and political authority of the Jews. They judged life and death matters! God wanted these judges to judge righteously according to His Word. Instead these judges were “defending the unjust and showing partiality to the wicked.” V2  Jesus is using this particular psalm to speak to the Jewish religious leaders who are also responsible for judging righteously according to the Word of God. Instead, they are judging unjustly by accusing Jesus of blasphemy.
Jesus is the Word of God (voice of God) who existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit before anything was created and through whom all things were created. Without God, the Word of God (Jesus) and the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit), nothing could have been created. And without them, nothing can be recreated! They are One in character, purpose and power. Jesus, whom God appointed as Judge of the whole earth, judges righteously. As the Truth, Jesus also only speaks the Truth.
Psalm 82:6: “I said, ‘You are gods,” you are all sons of the Most High.”  The Hebrew word for “gods” is elohim. Strong’s H430 says elohim Is used for the true God but also for judges, angels, God-like ones, works and special possessions of God, mighty or godly. The word “gods” didn’t always imply deity. Being called gods does not mean that they are divine. They were called “gods” because they had been given authority and power to rule over God’s people. God wanted them to rule justly. They were not living up to their God-given task. The religious leaders to whom Jesus is addressing understood this. As the judges in Psalm 82 had become arrogant and unjust, so too had the Jewish religious leaders who wanted to stone Jesus to death. They were blind leaders of the blind  Notice Jesus said, “I have said” in this Older Testament scripture. It was Jesus who said it because He is and will always be the `Word of God – the voice of God. When God spoke, it was Jesus. It was God’s Word (Jesus) that brought all things into being in the beginning of Genesis. The Gospel of John begins with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him (Word/Jesus) all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3 The rulers of Israel and the Israelites were the carriers of the Word of God, but Jesus is far greater. He is the Word Incarnate – the very Word of God brought to life in the flesh and then restored to His original place with the Father in heaven. He is the Living Word of God from beginning through all eternity and therefore the only One who can fulfill scripture and speak pure Truth.
Humans can be so-called “gods (elohim)”in the sense that we are messengers of God and hopefully reflect His ways to others through our own actions, words and deeds. When we walk in obedience to God and His Word, we are godlike. We are nothing except His instruments for His purpose when we walk according to His Word and ways. All else in us is worthless – full of sin and filth. The first Man/Adam was originally made in the image and likeness of the Godhead – holy and without sin. Adam and the woman didn’t know evil until they disobeyed God’s Word and ate of the forbidden fruit. God had to send Jesus who is fully God and fully Man to reverse the curse of the first holy Man’s sin. When the first sin occurred, God said in Genesis 3:22, “Behold, the man has become like us, to know good and evil. All the original Man and Woman knew prior to their sin was the good. Now, like the Godhead, they know both. Evil existed long before Man was created. We are all fallen like Adam and Eve. The Godhead wants to restore us back to our original condition – holy. To be born again, we must be born spiritually by the Father’s will, the Word of God (Jesus) and the power of the Holy Spirit. We don’t have the power or ability on our own to be recreated and restored to holiness. In His eternal love, God sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit to give us the truth and the power to become new creations. You could say we are all in the process of becoming godlike. When we have Jesus (Word) and the Holy Spirit, Divine potential dwells in each of us. We are mighty only in Jesus – the Mighty One of God.

One Whom the Father Has Set Apart and Sent

         Jesus is God’s ultimate Set Apart and Sent One of God. He is one of kind. He is holy and God even while in the flesh. Israel was God’s messenger nation until Jesus. God even called Israel His firstborn son in Exodus 4:22. The firstborn son is the eldest who will build up the family name.Israel was chosen by God to build the spiritual family of God. God gave His Word to Israel in part until the perfect and complete Word of God came in Jesus. God’s chosen ones – both the Israelites and those who believe in and follow Christ – are mortal, but Jesus is immortal. He died in the flesh but His spiritual being never died. The Eternal Life-giver took on the flesh of humans for us to die in our stead so through Him we could live eternally. Jesus had committed no sin and therefore was not worthy of death for sin and yet He came to do this for us so that we could receive His resurrected life. If not for Jesus, there would be no hope for us. There was no one in Israel or any human who could do this because we have “all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  All –even judges – will stand before Jesus, the Judge of all the earth.
            Jesus said to His accusers, “Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son?” God called all Israel His firstborn son and in Psalm 82 called those who believed in God the sons of the Most High God, so why would the Jewish religious leaders accuse Jesus of blasphemy for saying He is God’s Son. Jesus, the Son of God’s glory, will bring sons and daughters to glory!
            While in the flesh, Jesus bowed to His Heavenly Father’s authority, but the Jewish religious leaders did not. When Jesus said, “I and the Father are One,” He was making a statement that no one else could make. Jesus goes on to say, “Do not believe Me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe Me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” John 10:37-38  Jesus and the Father are united as One. No sin has touched them.The miracles that God did attested to His deity.

            Again they tried to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp.

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