If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.


We know from scripture that Jesus Divides. Particularly in John 10, the people were divided (v.19) as to whether Jesus was of God or demon-possessed i.e. of the devil. There is always the question of who Jesus is? At that time, the people wanted to know the same, so they asked Jesus, “If You are the Messiah (Christ), tell us plainly.”

The Messiah (Christ) was the King of Israel, the anointed priest of Israel. He, the Christ, was the Messiah, the Son of God. The Jews there were asking if Jesus was the Son of God. “If You are the Messiah (Christ), tell us plainly.” Jesus responded to the question that asks who He is. This is the same question to which Jesus responded when Pilate asked him “are you the king of the Jews” in Matthew 27:11Mark 15:2, and Luke 23:3. The Jews did not believe Jesus then nor when He stood before Pilate.

John 10

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[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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”’[d]? 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.

40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

While the people asked Jesus to tell them plainly if He was the Christ, the Son of God, Jesus, as He always does, does not let man dictate His agenda. Jesus answered them saying “I did tell you, but you do not believe” Remember the I AM the Bread of Life in John 6:25-35; 48-59 and I AM the Light of the World in John 8:12-18; 25-30. It is said that Jesus was telling them that look at my substance to who I am.

Jesus tells them plainly “The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me”. In essence, Jesus was saying that if you don’t believe what I said then believe the works that I have done. We know them as the six of seven miracles Jesus performed in John. Jesus was asking them to reflect on what He had done to show them that He was the Christ/Messiah, the Son of God.

  • Miracle #1 – John 2:1-12 – Jesus turns the water into wine; This miracle symbolized nothing less than the Mission of the Messiah; changing the empty way of man’s religion into a living, joyful, relationship with the Lord, as demonstrated by the wedding celebration. The New Christian is now clean and becomes filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Miracle #2 – John 4: 43-54 – Jesus heals the Official’s Son; Here’s an act of God’s Grace, pure and simple. O
  • Miracle #3 – John 5:1-17 – Jesus heals the Invalid or lame man to walk. It shows us our need for a Savior … that we’re hopeless and helpless without Him.
  • Miracle #4 – John 6:1-15 – Jesus feeds 5 Thousands with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish. This is the practical demonstration of the Lord’s promise that if we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, all our other needs will be met as well.
  • Miracle #5 – John 6:16-25 – Jesus calms the storm. This represents that Jesus calms our fears during the storms of life
  • Miracle #6 – John 9:1-41 – Jesus heals the man born blind; Jesus said He came so the blind would see and those who see would become blind.
  • Miracle #7 – John 11:1-44 – Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead

Jesus wanted them to reflect over the works in their lives that He had done. Likewise, Jesus wants us to reflect over His work in our lives that He has done. Look around at how Jesus has demonstrated His power, His deity. We, like the people in John 10, have a choice. We can believe Jesus or not. If we don’t, Jesus says it is not because He isn’t God, but it is because we are not His sheep. We were not given to Him by the Father. I have believed in Jesus’ work – His work in His Word and in His work in my life.

I am no longer asking “If You are the Messiah (Christ), tell us plainly.”

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