The Feast of Dedication

John 10:22–39 (NKJV)

22 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

While Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, the people tried to press Jesus for confirmation of whether He was the Christ. When He responded, He simply pointed them to His works. He identified them as not being His because they did not believe. He further gave His true followers security by stating that no one could take them from Him or the Father. While some take this last statement as validation of the impossibility of losing one’s salvation, it is moreso a statement one’s security in Christ if they persevere in a loving, intimate, serving relationship with Christ. If you want to have that eternal security, you can have it as you walk with Christ. What a blessing!

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.

John 10:31-39

As happened so many times–especially in the account of John–the religious leaders and a mob of Jews sought to stone Jesus because He claimed to be God, or at least equal to God. In His defense, Jesus offered up Scriptures where God even called men gods. Surely His assertion of being divine was not a transgression, since He actually was God. Still, the Jews sought to take Him by force, but He escaped without being touched. His power and authority were far beyond theirs, and His time was His own and not theirs. He would not be taken and/or destroyed until it was time. Jesus was and is and will forever be Lord, resistance or not. He is God!

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