John 10:31-42 “The Deity of Jesus questioned”
(John 10:31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
the second time that here in the
(John 10:32) Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
Jesus could have given them an impressive list of good works which He had done.
1. Healed a woman bowed together
2. Healed a man born blind
3. Cast a demon out of a boy
a blind man in
5. Healed a deaf and dumb man
6. Calmed a storm and walked on water.
7. Fed 5000 men beside women and children
8. Fed 4000 men
9. Healed the sick
10. Healed 2 blind men
11. Healed a dumb demoniac
12. Healed Jairus’ daughter
13. Cast out a legion of demons
14. Jesus calmed another storm.
15. Healed a centurion’s servant
16. Healed a man with a withered hand
17. Healed a lame man.
18. Healed a paralytic who was lowered down through the roof.
19. Healed a leper
20. Healed Peter’s mother-in-law
21. Healed a demoniac
22. Healed the Nobleman’s son
23. Cleansed the temple of thieves
24. Raised the dead son of the widow of Nain.
25. Turned water into wine.
To do good works is never wrong. All the works of Jesus were good. He never did anything that was unrighteous.
Jesus has even done a good work in that He taught people the truth. He has taught them that He is one with His Father. The greatest work Jesus did was to teach people the ways of God.
(John 10:33) The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
The Jews are in effect saying it is not what you have done but what you have said. God is not a man and a man is not God. You, being a man, are claiming to be God. This they deem to be a transgression of God’s law. They had asked Jesus, back in verse 24, to tell them plainly if He were the Christ or not. Jesus responded plainly that He and the Father were one. Had they considered what Isaiah had said they would have known that the Christ would be both man and God.
Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God..."
Jesus does not take them to this verse but instead refers to Psalm 82.
(John 10:34) Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
In Psalm 82 God is rebuking the
Judges of the
(John 10:35) If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
Now if God called the judges of the land gods and the scriptures are true and right in all things, which is the meaning of “cannot be broken”, then for a judge or prince to call himself a god would not be a violation of the law concerning blaspheme.
(John 10:36) Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
In the case of Jesus it is not blaspheme for He is the only begotten Son of God. Jesus has every right to a divine title.
(John 10:37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
The proof that Jesus is the Son of God is in the works which He had done. These works were of God and they were prophesied by God’s prophets of old as being done by the Messiah. There was ample proof from the scriptures in Jesus’ day that He was indeed the Christ.
Jesus gives them a command here in this verse. If they check out His works and they are found to not be of God then they were to not believe the claim which Jesus made of being the Christ.
(John 10:38) But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him.
(John 10:39) Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
10:40) And went away again beyond
(John 10:41) And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
(John 10:42) And many believed on him there.