70. The facts announce God
Jesus is caught in the middle of a situation. He administers wellness, he warns against evil, and some want to stone him. Jesus encounters incomprehension:
“The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him. Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?’” John, chapter 10, verses 31 to 32
We know all the good works that Jesus did. He has multiplied them. We can read or reread the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to discover or rediscover them.
People are stuck in their hearts and they don’t let the light through. They fear losing control over situations, over the people and they fear Jesus. They have trouble to align themselves properly.
These people answer him:
“We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” John, chapter 10, verse 33
The reason they want to stone Jesus is that they think he thinks he is God. And yet, absolutely all the signs that Jesus did describe God, also describe the values of life. Forgiveness, justice, great love, mercy are signs and facts that Jesus is God. Jesus doesn’t think he’s God, he doesn’t propose himself to be God, he is God.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas