In this section of John 10 we see the continued conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders, but we also see some wonderful truths for those of us who have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus. This section culminates with Jesus making a clear claim to his Deity. This is the second passage in John that we see this. The first was in John 8 that I covered in Jesus Reveals A Huge Truth About Himself.
Even after all of the miracles Jesus had performed, the religious leaders persisted in asking if he was the Messiah- Promised One.
“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
They asked. But they were not ready for the answer.
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.”
Jesus was not concerned with winning friends and influencing people as seminars will extol. He was and is interested in one thing- the truth. The truth- the religious leaders did not belong to Jesus. They were not his sheep.
Jesus went on to share some wonderful truths for his sheep. His sheep are anyone who believes in Jesus as their Savior.
He knows us. We can have relationship with him.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
He gives us eternal life.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish”
No one can take us away from Jesus.
“no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Why cant anyone take us away from Jesus?
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
Jesus always referred to God as Father. His father. But Jesus did not leave it at that. He added something that is a clear indication of Jesus being God the Son.
“I and the Father are one.”
Here Jesus is claiming the truth that Jesus and the Father are one in perfect unity. Jesus is a co-equal member of the Holy Trinity. How do we know Jesus was making this claim? Look at the reaction of the religious leaders.
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
The question is whether we want to follow Jesus who gave his life for us when he died on the cross and defeated death for us, gives us eternal life, and relationship with God, OR do we want a religion.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.