"If I don't do what my Father does, then don't believe what I say. But if I do the same things my Father does, then you should believe in the things I do. You might not believe in me, but you should believe in the things I do. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
— John 10:37-38 NLT
As Jesus says several times in John, "Look at my work and you will know whether I am telling the truth or not." The issue isn't Jesus' identity, but our honesty and desire to honor God. The truth about Jesus resonates in the hearts of those seeking to find God and know him. His actions and his words call us to believe him. If we don't believe him, we must reject or belittle him. There is no middle ground. We must look at the way he treated people, the things he taught, the way he lived his life, and the great works he did and then decide: Is this the work of a mad man or is he God's Messiah? Is he the Son of God come in human flesh?
Father, I thank you for making yourself accessible to me through Jesus. I know you are ever near, but Jesus' life on earth somehow makes that even more real and personal to me. Thank you for loving me so much in Jesus, in whose name I praise and thank you. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 7:16-18
- John 20:24-29
- John 3:12
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.