The Divinity in Men

John 10: 31-42
Jer 20:10-13 / Psa 18

Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?
(John 10:34)

To everyone reverence is due,
As each person is truly divine.
All our actions and words must be true,
According to God’s will and design.

Again the opponents of Jesus picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If He called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—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’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 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 in the Father.” Again they tried to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp. Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There He stayed, and many people came to Him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus. (John 10:31-42)

Reflection

How ironic it seems that in their fidelity to One God, Yahweh, the Jews rejected the divinity of His Only Son, Jesus Christ. In their one-track minds Jesus the Nazarene had committed one of the most grievous of crimes – blasphemy – attributing to Himself the qualities that belong only to God. And yet, how many times had Jesus proven to them the truthfulness of His words? How could a mere man, or even a prophet have a complete grasp of the Holy Scriptures – unless He Himself was the one who inspired their writing? What man could change the hearts and minds of pagans and Samaritans as easily as He could change water into wine? Who could wield such authority in cleansing the temple of money changers as He did evil spirits from the possessed? Or who could possess such power over nature to calm a storm, wilt a tree, and even bring the dead back to life? And how many times had they tried to arrest Him or stone Him, but they could not, simply because He could transform Himself into a spirit? No man could do the things Jesus did unless he was also divine.

Jesus said, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? Every person has God within him, because we are not only made in His image and likeness, but by Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been made one with Him as children of God, and inheritors of His kingdom in heaven. What an awesome thought! And yet, if we ponder deeply on the matter, we are truly gods in the way God designed our existence. As Scripture says, God made us “a little less than a god, …crowned with glory and splendour, …made lord over the work of His hands, … set all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:5-6). In fact, Jesus assured us, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (Jn.14:12). If God did not endow us with such reverence, would He have taken all the trouble to humble Himself, be shamed and tortured and die for our sake? That’s how precious we are in God’s eyes. So how come we can’t accord the same kind of respect, or even just simple regard for our fellow human beings? Perhaps because we still do not see Jesus in others.

Lord Jesus, help us to be able to see You in others, because all of God’s children are made in Your image and likeness. By Your grace, dear God, may we accord all the people in our life with the same kind of respect and compassion that You showed in Your life. Amen.

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