Figures of Speech

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Who exactly was Jesus? The Messiah? A prophet? A teacher? No one seemed to be sure. Then, one day, some Jews asked Him for a clear, direct statement—not parables or sermons. The Greek words suggest that they felt He wasn’t being honest and perhaps was afraid.

Still, Jesus did not respond directly, indicating that He already had answered these questions: “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.”

Why could they not understand? Because of unbelief. He told them, “You do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice” (vs. 25-27).

Jesus’ words caused “a division.” Some found them intolerable, concluding, “He has a demon and is insane” (vs. 19-20).

The teachings of Jesus continue to seem strange to many in our time. Some say that they want clear demonstrations that His ministry is true. Some even suggest that they might believe if they received direct answers.

Even so, Jesus continues to use “figures of speech” (v. 6). On the other hand, He also demonstrates the truth of the Gospel for all who believe. He continues to prove that He is the Messiah, that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He continues to teach and perform miracles. He continues to guide and protect His sheep. Yet this happens after we believe, as we follow Him without reservation.

Today, remember that belief opens doors to revelation and the power of the Gospel. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). People all around may doubt or reject Jesus. But as you believe and step out in faith, God will open up new insights, and you will experience more of the depths of His Kingdom.