Today, John gives the first of Jesus' long discourses in his gospel. Some modern thinkers claim that Jesus never said directly that he was the Messiah and God. However, if we read this and many other passages from the perspective of the Jewish mind, at the time then, it is clear that Jesus was making profoud claims and that his hearers knew exactly what he meant. Jesus claims to be not "a son of God" as we all are but "the Son of God." This idea of particular sonship was what made it so clear to the Jews as to what he was claiming. From their point of view, they saw a man who walked, ate, slept, talked and did everything else a man does. And this man claimed to be God. Even his miracles, which they admitted, could not prove to them that he was the Son. I often ask myself, would I have believed a wandering Rabbi or would I have played it safe and listened to the leaders? It may not have been as easy as it looks to us now after 2000yrs!