And many believed in him there.
John 10:42, ESV
Just prior to this, the religious leaders of the day were meaning to stone Jesus for His ministry because they felt that He was committing blasphemy. It was because Jesus called Himself the Son of God. In this, Jesus tied those of us who believe into the family. We are made children of God not because of our work but by the work of our Lord and His grafting us into faith and into the family. We are made new through the waters of baptism, and as our Lord gives us the faith to believe, our hearts are moved to see outward what God is doing inside of us. The transformative power of the Gospel turns a hardened heart from disbelief to belief. Many who witnessed this were moved by the Holy Spirit and the Words of the Lord that they believed. They saw through the hardness of the hearts of those who were offended at the Words of Jesus and saw the truth in the words of our Lord and their hearts were changed. The Word of God never falls flat, but it evokes an emotion. May His Word draw you closer to Christ, and may your witness do the same for others.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.