John 10:31- 42
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?"
The Jews answered Him,
"We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God."
Jesus answered them,
"Is it not written in your law, 'I said, 'You are gods"'?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
Then they tried again to arrest Him;
but He escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there He remained.
Many came to Him and said,
"John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true."
And many there began to believe in Him.
In this Gospel, we see again the Jews accusing Jesus of blasphemy and we are reminded of the constant persecution that Jesus faced throughout His ministry. Jesus is our example of how to live out our faith. Living the faith means performing works maybe not miracles, but works of charity and courage in the face of opposition.
Jesus repeatedly tried to explain to the people that He was sent from the Father, “the Father is in me and I am in the Father." But they refused to believe. Jesus did not need their belief or unbelief. His proof was in His works. Even if they didn’t believe His words when He said, "I am the Son of God", His miracles and works of God were undeniable. Although the leaders of the Jews were against Him, the common people began to believe Him and follow Him because they realized He was the fulfillment of the prophesy.
May we look to Jesus as our ultimate example. May we not be afraid of standing up and fighting for our faith. Even if we are the only one. God see how we live out our faith and looks upon us with favor. Our reward will be great in Heaven. Much like Jesus, the crowds may not believe us and even the great leaders may not recognize the truth. However, we find rest in knowing that Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life and whoever believes in Him will have eternal life" (John 3:15). Today, make an outward sign of your faith. Do not shy away from wearing a crucifix, a "Jesus T-shirt” or going against the tide over a controversial topic. Today, be an example of Jesus to others.