John 10:19-21. Division.

John 10:19    The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” 21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

The reference to the sign of ‘opening the eyes of the man born blind’ bookends this lengthy discourse which began at the beginning of chapter 9. Some think that Jesus is stark raving mad (or ‘demon possessed’). Others contend that his miraculous works prove he is from God. Since his works are clearly super-natural (above and beyond the natural course of events) Jesus is either one or the other: the agent of the Devil or the agent of God.

And so Jesus brings division (see also Matt 10:34-35). The crowd is divided in their response to him. Some believe and others will not. Indeed, John’s purpose in writing this gospel is to lead the reader to believe that Jesus is ‘from God’ (see John 20:30-31). So John’s gospel has an agenda: to persuade the reader. As a result, there will always be division between those who believe and those who do not.

Pray today for someone you know who does not yet believe, asking that God would graciously persuade them of the truth of Jesus. Perhaps you could invite them to read this book of John with you: pray for such an opportunity.