- John 10:37-42
- John 10:37 (KJB)
- If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
- Here Jesus tells them plainly that if He does not do the works of His
Father, then they are free to disbelieve Him. Since the Jews always required
a sign, Jesus continually focuses on the works and especially the miracles
that He did as evidence that He was from God. If the miracles did not align
with the character of God, then Jesus tells them they should not believe
Him. On the other hand, if the miracles do align with the character of God,
then they will be in apostasy by not believing.
- John 10:38 (KJB)
- 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.
- Now Jesus turns the tables on the accusers and makes an argument for His
case. He tells them that if they do not believe His words, then they should
believe the works. What then should they do with the works of Jesus? He has
proven repeatedly that the works He does comes from the Father. They may
reject His words but what about the works, since these works were done on
literally thousands of people. These works cannot be denied because they
were done in public. The works are the evidence that Jesus is telling them
the truth. For example, if I tell a person that I have faith, they do not
have to believe me because it is only words but if I act on the faith by
giving and doing, then the works are the evidence that I have faith. The
same with Jesus, His works are the evidence of His relationship with His
- John 10:39 (KJB)
- Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of
- Escaped - Departed or went out
- Once again Jesus corners them with an argument they could not respond to
except with violence. They wanted to arrest Him but it was not His time yet
so He was able to depart from them. They no longer wanted to listen to His
explanations. This is also the typical response from the intellectual elite
in the churches, they would rather remove someone than face a real issue
head on. When the time is right, Jesus will give Himself willingly.
- John 10:40 (KJB)
- And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first
baptized; and there he abode.
- Abode - Stayed there, dwelled, remained
- Jesus then went to the place where John had baptized which was probably
Aenon. It was about 50 miles (80 km) north of Jerusalem. It was far enough
away to allow a time of rest for the body and from the accusations of the
Pharisees which were becoming more intense until the culmination at the
trial of Jesus.
- John 10:41 (KJB)
- And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but
all things that John spake of this man were true.
- Resorted - Came
- It seems that many had followed Jesus from the Feast of Dedication in
Jerusalem. Since this was the place where John the Baptist had baptized
people, they remembered the things which John had spoken about Jesus. They
had come to the conclusion that everything John had said coupled with the
works which Jesus did, confirmed to many that everything which was spoken
about this man was true. What a totally different view these people had
simply because they weighed the verbal evidence and the evidence of the
works. (Mark 12:37 KJV) David therefore
himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the
common people heard him gladly. Mark 12:37 teaches
us that the common people, not society’s elite, had heard Jesus gladly. When
your mind is not clouded with all types of intellectual hooey and bias, your
mind will be able to work properly and you will make the right decisions,
just as these people did concerning Jesus and His testimony. The common
people had more Scriptural sense than the leaders.
- John 10:42 (KJB)
- And many believed on him there.
- The result of a true witness is making disciples. Those who had come
with Jesus and saw and heard Him had believed. Even though the leaders were
murderously hostile to Jesus, it did not prevent Jesus from causing many to
believe on Him. It is not known who these believers are or how many but John
describes the amount as many. Jesus held to a good testimony and that
yielded fruit. This is a great principle for Christians. Whenever we get
into a rough situation, we must maintain our true testimony because many
will be watching and if we remain steadfast, we will draw others to the Lord
because they will know that Christianity is real.