Hard to Believe
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
How frustrating it must be to explain yourself and those who hear you do not believe you. You just keep repeating it over and over again. Jesus was not in good terms with the Pharisees as they saw him as a threat to their power and their way of religion. Whatever Jesus says is being closely scrutinized as they try to find a way to trap him to accuse him of blasphemy and get their chance of stoning him.
Perhaps they were testing Jesus again as they wanted him to admit that he is the Messiah and to make a proclamation about his relationship with God the Father. Jesus didn’t sugar coat or try to hide his relationship with God. He told them plainly that he had already told them, but they didn’t believe. They could not believe Jesus the man saying that he can give eternal life and that the Father and him are one. They lacked the faith to believe Jesus is the son of God. No matter what Jesus did, even the miracles, they could not believe him. We need to keep close to Jesus and God’s words as Satan can harden our hearts so that we can become like a Pharisee and no longer believe.