“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.” Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,”
John 10:24-25 NIV
The whole reason why religious leaders were ‘offended’ was because Jesus claimed being the Messiah and by doing so made himself equal to God. They were just trying to get him to say those words. To literally say ‘I am the Messiah and God and I are one’.
The problem is that he has already said that, many times. However it never really materialized in their minds. Why? Because they didn’t believe.
It seems as if there are certain truths that only become REAL to us after we BELIEVE. We could’ve heard those truths, read those truths, and even agree with those truths. But until we believe them they wouldn’t have any significant effect in our lives.
I think one of these truths is the truth of being ‘born again’. Do we want a second life here on earth? Do we want a new beginning? Do we want an inside-out change? This isn’t achieved by reading, hearing, or wearing a T-shirt with a positive message. It only becomes REAL after we BELIEVE it.
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