31 The Jews picked up rocks again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many proper works from the Father. Because of which of these works are you stoning me?”
33 The Jews answered, “We aren’t stoning you for a good work,” “but for blasphemy, because you– being a man– make yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law, I said, you are gods?
35 If he called those whom the word of God came to ‘gods’– and the Scripture cannot be broken–
36 do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the one the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am God’s Son?
Set apart and sent
Jesus is not downplaying his Sonship to escape the stoning. He is making a point that even the angelic council had been called θεοί (gods) in the Old Testament, with no charge of blasphemy ensuing (Psalm 82:1,6). Likewise, the apostle Paul referred to Satan as the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).
Jesus claims to have been set apart and sent by God from heaven. His miracles attest to the truth of that claim. Don’t let a stubborn hold on bad theology keep you from accepting God’s gift.
Lord, open the eyes of those who resist believing in who you are.