Jesus’ claim was that he is God. The religious leaders called this blasphemy. They finally had their answer. They didn’t like it. They conspired to kill him. What will your response be? What will you do with the the one who is Messiah and one with the Father in heaven?
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
The Jews came to Jesus to ask him to cut the suspense. Just tell us the truth. Are you Messiah? Why do you think they wanted to know? To follow him? To worship him? Nope.
Jesus, of course, had been telling them about his identity for some time, yet they spent more time arguing with him about how he didn’t fit into their expectations instead of inquiring as to his message and truth.
His sheep listened to him and followed him, yet the religious leaders were not his sheep. And he told them so. The promise to his sheep is that Jesus gives them eternal life and will keep them in his care forever.
Jesus was clear: The Father in heaven has given the sheep to Jesus, and they cannot be snatched from the Father’s hand.
And… Jesus and the Father are one. Mic drop. Suspense over. Much like his “I am” statement from John 8, saying he is one with the Father provoked his opponents to pick up stones to stone him.
Jesus’ claim was that he is God. The religious leaders called this blasphemy. They had their answer. And they didn’t like it. They conspired to kill him. What will your response be? What will you do with the the one who is Messiah and one with the Father in heaven?