Good day my friend,
The remarkable thing about the incarnation is not only that Jesus actually walked the earth as one of us (in history a man named Jesus actually walked the earth). What is remarkable is that this Jesus was also God. Think about it – for 33 years in ancient Israel, God Himself walked the earth as a person. No WONDER the year of our calendar is based upon Him!
Jesus’ deity was not a doctrine invented by the church after he was gone. At multiple times, Jesus identified Himself as God incarnate. We look at one such place today. The benefit of this as you remember Jesus’ birth this Christmas, is to keep ever before you that this is God Who was born a baby in Bethlehem.
Take a moment to get still and ask God to speak to you.
Read John 10:22-30 slowly, and out loud.
- 22-24 The crowds wanted Him to declare He was the Messiah. (They had no idea that the Messiah would be God.) They also had their own idea of what the Messiah would save them from and how, since they were looking for a military leader that would free Israel of the scourge of Rome. They didn’t realize they needed a redemptive Messiah who would free them of their sin.
- 25-26 What is Jesus’ first answer to the unbelieving crowd?
- 27-29 What is Jesus’ further explanation to the crowd?
- 30 What point does Jesus make?
Note: Some have suggested that all Jesus meant by saying, “I and the Father are one” is, “I and the Father are on the same page, on the same team, one in spirit and purpose.” However this text makes clear that is not at all what Jesus was saying. Read v. 31-33.
How does it change things that Jesus was not just God’s prophet, but God Himself?
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from this text you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!