There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” John 10:19-21
There has been division over who Jesus is since He began His ministry. The Jewish authorities could not come to a consensus about Jesus and they were eye witnesses to His miracles. Jesus’ teachings were perceived to be so radical that they thought He was insane. These were people who would not say God’s name out loud and Jesus comes along calling God father and wanting others to do the same. They had put God at a distance and Jesus is telling them they can have a personal relationship with God.
The thing is, if they had read and understood the scriptures they would see that is what God wanted all along. God had a personal relationship with Abraham and the rest of the patriarchs. He had that relationship with Moses and wanted the Israelites to have God as their king. Yet time and time again they fell away from God and put God at a distance.
Today Jesus still causes division. People cannot agree on if He really existed or not. If He was a great teacher, a prophet or a charlatan. Many want to cast Jesus in their own mold, not liking the Jesus of the Bible. Others will elevate Jesus to an angel or other great created being but cannot see Him as God. Still others make Him one god among many.
It is odd that God came down to dwell among us to bring us back to a relationship with God and we cannot agree on who Jesus is. He came to bring us salvation and we want to argue about who He is. Like the Jewish authorities we cannot agree on what is right in front of us. SO many will miss out on spending eternity with God because they cannot see or believe the evidence before them.
Have a blessed day,