19 A schism again happened among the Jews because of these words.
20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why are you listening to him?”
21 Others were saying, “These aren’t the words of someone who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind can it?”
not a mere teacher
Jesus is not someone who can be brushed aside as a mere good teacher. He demands much more of us than that. It was very right that a schism developed among the Jews of his day. He demanded much more of them than any rabbi would have dared. He claimed to be the Father’s Son, gate of God’s sheep. He spoke of his own impending death on the cross as a decision he had made – even before it happened. He even claimed to have the right to come out of the tomb.
If Jesus was not who he said he was, he was just what these skeptical Jews were claiming he was, a possessed lunatic. But if the cross was God’s idea, and the tomb is empty – he can only be the Lord of all.
Lord of all, we submit to your authority. We surrender to your right to decide our future.