22 Then the dedication festival happened among the Jerusalemites. It was winter,
23 and Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s Porch.
24 That was why the Jews surrounded him and said, “Until when are you going to keep lifting up our souls? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I did tell you and you are not believing; the works that I do in my Father’s name keep testifying about me.
The mob that accosted Jesus at this Hanukkah celebration had already heard the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus taught. They had all the information that they needed to make a rational decision to accept him as Messiah. Jesus admitted that he had told them who he was, and that his works continued to testify about him. So, why did they not believe? They chose to not believe. They told themselves that Jesus was lifting up their souls – keeping them in suspense about his true identity. They kept insisting that he publicly proclaim that he was the proper king. That time would come. But now Jesus insists that the mob has all the evidence they need.
Lord, we join your word and your works to bear witness to who you really are.