My Sheep Follow Me

In the winter, the festival of the dedication of the temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem (134). Jesus had come into town for this festival, and he was walking in Solomon’s porch in the temple.

Some religious people gathered around & challenged him: “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Just tell us the truth: are you the Messiah?”

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am, but you wouldn’t believe me. I do many good deeds at God’s direction, but you still won’t believe me.

“The problem is that you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice & they follow me. I give them new life that will continue forever; this is the greatest gift of God. No one can take my sheep away from me, and no one can take them away from God, because God & I are one.”

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Some people picked up stones to throw at him, so Jesus said to them, “I have done many good deeds among you, as directed by God.  For which of these do you want to stone me?”

They answered, “You deserve to be stoned because of your blasphemy against God! You’re only a man, but you claim to be God!”

Jesus answered, “It is written in the inspired scriptures that God said, ‘You are gods.’  God said this of the people who received his message, and we all know that what the scriptures say is true. So it is not blasphemy to say that I am God’s son.

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(The diagram simply indicates that God has revealed himself to us in three distinct persons — Father, Son & Holy Spirit — to make it easier for us to get to know him.)

Jesus continued, “But if you won’t believe my words, then you should believe my deeds; because of them, you should know that God & I are one.”

To some of the people there, this was still blasphemy.  They wanted to seize Jesus, but he simply slipped away.

 

(134) John 10:22-39