The Craving for Clarity

Lou Lotz

READ : John 10:22-30

“If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (v. 24)

What we have here is a failure to communicate. “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” The Jewish leaders want an answer. No more parables. No more evasive, obscure language. No more answering a question with another question. Are you the Christ or aren’t you? Jesus fires back: “I have told you, and you do not believe” (v. 25).

“Tell us plainly.” Jesus had been plain enough for James and John. He had been plain enough for Peter and Andrew. He had been plain enough for Mary and Martha, for blind men and beggars, for prostitutes and paralytics. He had done mighty works. He had forgiven sins. “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me . . .” It’s not that the leaders can’t believe; they won’t believe.

Communication is not achieved by clarity alone. We have to possess a basic affinity for the truth. We have to be willing to meet the truth halfway. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who was unable to believe in Christ. But I have met people who were unwilling to believe; unwilling because, like the leaders of Israel, acknowledging the lordship of Jesus would have brought sweeping change into their lives, change they were not willing to implement.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, make me receptive to your truth.