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People all over the world are victims of counterfeit products. Estimates are that fake merchandise makes up as much as $600 billion a year. One crook boasted, “If you can make it we can fake it.” Counterfeits have been a problem throughout history. That is one reason Jesus did not leave us in the dark about His identity. In John 10, we read that the Pharisees asked Jesus, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name.” Jesus gave them the same answer he gave John the Baptist. John was in prison filled with doubt. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was really the Messiah. Jesus replied by pointing to the miracles He was performing. He told the messengers to tell John, He, Jesus was doing exactly what the Scriptures predicted the Messiah would do. So Jesus words and works testify that He is God’s Son, the only redeemer for humanity. And the most compelling evidence is that He arose from the dead after dying for our sins. Jesus said to the Pharisees that the problem is not the evidence, the problem is your hard hearts that refuse to believe the evidence. My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me. Yes, all who come to Jesus experience a loving, a living, and a lasting relationship.

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