John 10:31-39 NIVUK
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’
33 ‘We are not stoning you for any good work,’ they replied, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.’
34 Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Law, “I have said you are ‘gods’”[a]? 35 If he called them “gods”, to whom the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be set aside – 36 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”? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 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.’ 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
I have heard it argued that Jesus never claimed to be God. A careful read of the Scriptures, however, and this argument quickly falls away; Jesus leaves us in no doubt as to who he is. Today’s verses are one example. Jesus is being stoned for blasphemy, claiming to be God’s equal. Rather than deny the claim, he points to his actions – look at what I’m doing, if my actions and deeds conflict with God’s actions and will, then yes, I’m guilty, but if my actions and his are in unison, how can you argue that I am not God?
Take a moment to reflect on the awe-inspiring realisation, that in Jesus, God has come to us.