Most Holy Trinity by Ermes Dovico

GOSPEL PEARLS

No man can escape

“Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.” (John 10, 39)

Gospel Pearls 03_04_2020 Español

The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him. (John 10, 31-42)

From this and other Gospel passages, it is clear how Jesus voluntarily decides to give up his life for us. In particular, before his hour had arrived, a time freely chosen by him and the Father, nobody was able to kill him, starting with his fellow Nazarenes. This fact is further confirmation of Jesus’s divinity. Indeed, no man by his own strength can so often escape angry crowds wanting to stone or throw him off a cliff. It takes a miracle from God.