If you are the Messiah, tell us clearly!

“The Jewish authorities gathered around him (Jesus), saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed One, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.’” (Jn. 10:24-27) The Jerusalemite temple leadership challenged Yeshua to submit his candidacy for Messiahship to them. He refused, saying that his Father and his own deeds were enough to prove his Messiahship.

This text is most often read as an instance of Yeshua’s general lack of clarity on the topic. However, the request should not be read: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed one, tell us plainly.” But rather, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Anointed One, tell us plainly.”

The blind saw, the lame walked, lepers were cured, the deaf heard, and the dead came back to life. (Matt. 11:2-5; Is. 29:17-21) Jesus’ identity as Messiah was in fact self-evident. Jesus was the one to whom Israel’s God had entrusted authority and therefore, submitting himself to the lower court of the Judean establishment (despised by many Judeans at the time), was out of the question. (Matt. 26:63-64)

This article originally appeared on Israel Study Center, June 21, 2017, and reposted with permission.