John 10:38 – “Even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Jesus had been proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God for over two and a half years now, with signs and wonders, and yet the leaders ask him, “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” True scholars of the Talmud, who knew and understood the prophecies, accepted Jesus as the awaited Messiah. Their hearts and minds were open to the truth, so that when Jesus spoke, they heard the voice of God – and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice (John 10:4).
The religious leaders were so caught up in their in own self-righteousness and power that they remained spiritually blind to the truth. No matter what Jesus said, they refused to listen. So, he told them:
“The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me… My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
Anyone could have said they were the Messiah but Jesus was the only one with the ability to display the power of the kingdom, the wonders of heaven, the compassion of a Saviour and the mercy of God. He had returned strength to the lame, hearing to the deaf, sight to the blind, healing to the broken and brought forgiveness to the sinner. He had taken the food of one and fed thousands, which is why he asks them to believe the works, if not the words.
Those who are intent on going their own way and who boast that they are masters of their own destiny are sadly being led by the master of deceit, who takes pleasure in their blindness. Those in search of the truth will find the Shepherd and ‘he will guide you into all truth‘. He will also guard you and protect you and no-one will snatch you out of his hand.
What a comfort and a blessing to know that we are safe in the hands of the Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.