At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10:22-30, NRSV)
Tell us plainly if you are the Messiah!
Why do they want to know so badly? Or why haven’t they figured it out by this point?
Jesus tells them that He did tell them, and they just didn’t believe what they saw, and heard.
Do we believe it? Or are we like the Jews, who have been told plainly and we just don’t want to let it be true, or we can’t let go of what we want God to be in order to see who God really is.
Is our own perception of God getting in the way of God revealing himself to us?
Have we been told plainly?
Have we understood?