Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 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.”
John 10:22-30 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. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 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. I and My Father are one.”
Doubt is not uncommon in the body of Christ. Over the next few posts I will try to alleviate some of yours doubts by illustrating just how common it was even from the start. In John 10, we read that the Jews were observing the "Feast of Dedication" or Hanukkah which commemorates the rededication of the second temple. It also honors a miracle performed by God when he made a single days worth of lamp oil to burn for eight straight days until a new supply could arrive. With this in mind, we understand that these were religious Jews, as opposed to cultural Jews. They believed in God, but didn't recognize their Messiah whom stood before them. They witnessed the miracles he performed, yet doubted Him. They doubted Him because he didn't fit the mold they created for their Messiah.
Earlier in Ch.5 Jesus rebuked them by showing them Moses and the prophets. He said
"Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
If you think about Moses, he showed us the Father. He pointed the way. He wrote of many promises of a savior and that is what Jesus meant when he said "he wrote about me". It's all about Jesus, from beginning to end. The old testament shows us our need for a savior and the new testament illustrates the arrival of a savior in the person of Jesus. God laid down his glory and took on the form of a man, a servant, not of nobility, but a shepherd.
A shepherd will lay down his life for his sheep, and that is what Jesus did at the cross for His sheep. If we believe with all of our heart this to be true, repent and trust that Jesus paid our debt, and we surrender our hearts and minds to Him, ......we will be saved. If we are His sheep, He hears our voice.
The Shepherd Knows His Sheep
help me to remain broken before you, to have a contrite heart. To live for you and lay the cares of this world at your feet. Protect me and keep me.
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