Here in the later half of John 10 we see yet another place where Jesus Himself says that He is God. The Jews were asking Him if He was the Christ. Not only did He affirm that, but He said that He and the Father are One.
The Jews weren’t planning on stoning Him because He claimed to be the Messiah. And it wasn’t because He claimed to be some “super-angel” or “the first creation”. They wanted to stone Him because, as they themselves said, He claimed to be God.
When it comes down to the Word of God, it is such a dangerous thing to try to force your own meaning into the Bible instead of taking the Bible for what the Bible says. We need to let the Bible make us, and not try to make the Bible.
Some people trust in others for their salvation without even realizing it. When they stand before God and He asks them why they didn’t believe His words that they read… well, saying that so-and-so told them it meant otherwise isn’t going to fly. God isn’t anyone’s fool. Even if you deceive yourself, you won’t deceive Him.
Another thing to note here. It’s amazing that when Jesus claims deity He isn’t doing it so people will give Him money or lip service or anything like that. He’s not anything like the tyrannical man who pretends to be God so that people will serve his wickedness. He’s not trying to justify terrible acts and play a push-around game of “king of the hill”.
Instead He’s revealing Himself to His creation, that they might find true life. His claim is accompanied by healing a blind man. It’s accompanied by promises of love and protection. By the promise of the ultimate self sacrifice.
Jesus is God. And oh what mercy He showers upon us!!!