The Shepherd Knows His Sheep

Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.” – John 10:22-30.

It is the Feast of Dedication. Jesus is walking in Solomon’s porch in the Temple. The Jews surround Him and demand to know if He is the Christ.

Jesus replies that He has told them, but they will not believe. His works done in the Father’s name testify that He is the Christ. Since they do not belong to Him, they cannot believe. Those who believe in Him become His sheep, know Him and follow Him. They receive eternal life from Jesus, will never perish, and will never be snatched out of His hand or His Father’s hand. He declares complete oneness between Himself and the Father.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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