“The Jews questioned Jesus about his identity. “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you are the Messiah, tell us straight out.” John 10: 24
Social ice breaker games are a great way to help a group of people become acquainted with one another. Sometimes at a retreat, we’ll play the game “two truths and a lie.” Normally, I wouldn’t suggest that we lie about ourselves, but this is one time we can do so just for fun. So, here are two truths and a lie about me: (1) I once made eight out of ten jump shots in the third quarter of a basketball game. (2) I served breakfast to the Everly Brothers one morning in 1963 at the Holiday Inn in DesMoines, Iowa, and (3) I graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering.
Jesus spent his ministry giving hints as to his true identity. In John 10, he used the analogy of sheep, and those who cared for them, to convey who he is: (1) “I am the Good Shepherd. (2) … in the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father, and (3) l received authority personally from my Father. (vs. 14, 18) Yet, the Jews wanted a more specific answer–tell us if you are the Messiah!
The Jews didn’t want to believe Jesus. Even with his acts of healing, the miracles he performed, and the stories he told, some people thought he was crazy or lying. And, yet, it was when he boldly proclaimed “… we are the same — Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him” that the Jews wanted to kill Jesus for saying he is God.
Now, for the answer to my two truths and a lie: If you know me well, you will know I did not get a degree in math, nor did I go to college.
Dear Lord, help us to show our true identity by the way we talk, act, and serve others. Amen.