There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.  Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”  Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Whenever anyone makes a statement, we have two choices. Either we believe them or we do not. Whether it’s me telling you I can fly or Jesus saying He is the Good Shepherd, our options are that simple.
The Jews in John 10 are sharply divided. After Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd some do not believe Him. His claims are so incredible they call Him demon-possessed and crazy. Others are not so sure.
We may be tempted to scoff at their unbelief but are we so different? God consistently declares things that are difficult to understand, hard to believe, or outright outrageous.
Is Matthew 6:33 “reasonable” advice in the midst of financial crisis?
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Is Luke 9:24 true when we face physical, not only metaphorical danger?
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Is the life Jesus offers us in John 10:10 actually possible or just a pipe dream?
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Is Romans 8:28 true all the time?
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Jesus’s opponents were proud, selfish, and greedy, but they understood that Jesus meant what He said. At times, we find ourselves rationalizing or spiritualizing to make it seem like Jesus did not mean what He said. Fear, doubt, and selfishness can drive us to this. Of course there are extenuating circumstances and gray areas, but often we are given two simple options – to believe Him or not.
May He give us the grace of faith that we might believe Him, the grace of forgiveness when we do not, and the grace of perseverance to continue to fight despite our stumbling.