THE STORY OF JESUS: John 10:31-39
“Is it not written in your Law, “I have said you are ‘gods'”” (John 10:34)
By calling God His Father, the Jews want to stone Jesus for blasphemy.
Jesus quotes Psalm 82:6, which addresses those whom God calls ‘gods’.
Apparently even God, according to Psalm 82:6, is willing to share the god title.
To be clear, neither God nor the scriptures say that we ARE God.
But we should not ignore the high value God places on us, His image bearers.
To be God’s children, in His image, is to be as God in the world.
(See Exodus 4:16,7:1, where Moses is said to be as God to Aaron and Pharoah).
As God’s children, we represent God to the world, as ‘gods’ in this world.
Jesus describes His relationship as “the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (v.38)
Personally, I see this as an Adam statement, what Adam could have said as well.
He’s not saying He IS God, but one in identity, character and purpose with God.
This is not blasphemy, this is humbly accepting God’s high value placed on us.
It’s also a huge responsibility: we are ‘gods’ in the world but we have messed up.
Thankfully Jesus came to restore us, and God’s kingdom, by being Adam for us!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I am Your brother, and I am God’s son. This ought to shock me, and to shake me out of my careless living. Help me to live into, and up to, my identity and responsibility in the world!