The Jews took up stones again to stone Jesus. Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ —and the scripture cannot be annulled— can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.
This story begs the question, “Why do I believe in Jesus?” There was a day when “the Bible tells me so,” was sufficient. That day is gone for most because its stories make no sense to the modern mind. Even my three-year-old granddaughter Ellie is asking, “Where is God?” She wondered the other day if Rev. Bernhardt was God. Is it any easier to explain to adults why we believe in that which we cannot see or touch? I trust as her parents and godparents continue to tell her of God’s goodness and Jesus’ goodness, she will experience the love of God and God’s Son all around and within her. Faith is a gift we wait for others to receive as we did. Peace to you, Keith