Not only does the scriptures testify that Jesus is the Son of God, but Jesus Himself also testifies to this fact. In the context of Jesus’ conversation with the Jews concerning His healing of the blind man, Jesus makes it very clear that He is the Son of God. In this passage we see two basic things that is applicable to our lives today: The Encounter and The Explanation.
The Encounter (v. 22-24). The Jews come to Jesus with a question. They ask Him if He is truly the Christ, the Messiah. This is a question that every person must deal with at some point. When all is said and done and life on this earth is over, the only thing that matters is what you have done about Jesus. You must have an encounter with a crisis of decision. You must decide if you believe that Jesus is who He says that He is. It is similar to a court of law. All of the evidence is laid out. You have heard the arguments. You have seen the evidence. Now, you must decide. Have you encountered Jesus as the Messiah? Have you made the choice to believe?
The Explanation (v. 25-42). In verses 25-42, Jesus gives and explanation to the Jews that He encountered. He presents to them an argument that testifies of His claim to be the Son of God. There are three basic parts to His explanation.
The Works Bear Witness. Jesus says that the works that He does bears witness that He is who He claims to be. Think about all the miracles that Jesus performed. Think about the power that He displayed. Think about all the good that He had done. All of these things point to the reality of who He is. The same is true for you and I. We know that we are true believers by the fruit that we bear. Our works gives testimony of our faith. The scripture is very clear that those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior will be changed. We are called to live a life of holiness. We are called to live a life of service. The manner in which we live reveals what is in our hearts. What does you works say about you? What do your actions reveal about your heart?
The Sheep Hear His Voice. Jesus says that the sheep hear His voice and they follow Him. The fact that the sheep hear His voice is evidence that He is the true shepherd. If you are a true born-again child of God, you will hear His voice. How do you hear His voice today? You hear His voice in three basic ways: (1) Through the Word of God. This is the primary way through which we hear His voice. The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to us. It is the foundation. Everything we do must be based on ‘thus says the Lord…’ To know how we are to live in this life, we must be students of the Bible. To know and understand His purpose and His plan, we must be students of the Bible. To keep from sin, we must be students of the Bible. To live life to the fullest and embrace the abundant life, we must be students of the Bible. To hear His voice, we must be students of the Bible. (2) Through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. The closer you get to Jesus, the more you will be able to hear the Spirit speaking to you. The Holy Spirit has a way of tapping us on the shoulder and whispering into our ears. He uses the Word of God that we have studied and reminds us of His Word as we face the various situations of life. The Holy Spirit convicts of us sin. He warns us before we act. The Holy Spirit will guide us and direct our paths. He will guide us down the path that is best for us and the path that brings God the greater glory. He always leads us to do what is right. He will never lead us to do wrong. (3) Through other believers. God will use people in our lives to speak to us. He will raise other believers up to speak words of encouragement and instruction to us. Do you hear His voice? Are you listening to His voice? Are you obeying His voice? Think about it.
Confidence in eternal security. Jesus says that He gives the sheep eternal life and that no man can pluck them out of His hand. Jesus had confidence in the fact that He would never lose those who belong to Him. Jesus is the Son of God because of His power to give eternal life and to keep those who believe on Him. In addition to our works, and listening to His voice, our confidence in eternal security is also evidence of our faith. The Bible is very clear that if you have believed on the Lord Jesus, you are a saved, and no one can take that salvation away from you.
As Jesus gives this explanation to His claim for being the Son of God, He makes it very clear in verse 30 that He and the Father are one. Here, Jesus lays claim to His Deity. As He does this, the Jews take up stones to stone Him. After all that Jesus showed to them. After all of the proof that was given, they still would not believe. They refused to believe and they lashed out in anger against Him. There are many today that refuse to believe. There are many who are angry with Jesus because of what He reveals about themselves. Yet, as we see in verse 42, there are many who do believe. The question, is simply, where do you stand? Have you dealt with the issue concerning Jesus? Do you truly believe? If so, is your belief evident by your works, hearing His voice, and by confidence your eternal security?