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Eternal Security of the Believer
John 10:22 (ESV) At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.
The Feast of Dedication (today’s Hanukkah) was also called the Festival of Lights because of lamps and candles being lit in homes and the temple as a part of the celebration. It was observed to commemorate the rededication of the temple after it had been desecrated by the hideous, maniacal Syrian dictator Antiochus Epiphanes. It was celebrated around the time of our December 19th. The fact that it was winter would explain why Jesus was walking in the more sheltered area of the temple called Solomon’s Colonnade. After His ascension to Heaven, this became a favorite gathering place of the early Jerusalem church.
John 10:24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus had told them in a kaleidoscope of ways that He was the Son of God. What suspense? How many more analogies could He share? He had called Himself the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Door, and the Good Shepherd as well as the Son of Man, a term used in the Old Testament to mean the Messiah. He had said more than once that He was sent by the Father. The religious leaders were not interested in knowing Jesus’ true identity, essence, and nature. All they wanted Him to do was to back Himself into a corner by committing supposed blasphemy so they could justify attacking Him.
John 10:25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.
Jesus explained once again that the miracles were all they should need to know that He was sent by God. He told them they did not understand because they were not His. They had not been chosen by the Father to be a part of the flock. We are blind until the Holy Spirit opens our eyes. The Jewish leaders were incapable of perception. They refused to open their eyes to His light. These were the Jewish leaders, teachers of the Law, but they seemed to have no God compass or radar. Their legalism had hardened their hearts. Jesus had told them enough for them to understand that He was the Messiah, but they refused to believe.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Jesus knows His sheep even before they recognize Him. His own sheep would hear His voice and flock to it like moths to a flame. The Pharisees did not realize that His was the voice of God because they did not have the intimate relationship with God that they thought they did. Sheep can discern the voice of their shepherd among other people calling them. They know the distinct call and voice of their own shepherd and will not follow another. When we belong to Jesus, His Holy Spirit indwells us and enables us to distinguish His will from the many paths the world uses to entice us away from God’s way.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will 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 the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Jesus was given the authority to give His sheep eternal life. As the Good Shepherd, He is our protector and defender. We are secure. God the Father sovereignly hand-picked those who would be in Jesus’ and His forever flock, His family. God is almighty, all-powerful, and the final authority. No one can penetrate His iron grip to steal or harm those who belong to Him. No one can snatch me out of His grasp – NOT EVEN MYSELF. I could do nothing to earn my salvation, and therefore, I can do nothing to lose it. God and Jesus are hand in hand, both holding the believer securely. Jesus and the Father share the same essence, nature, and qualities because even though they are distinct in their roles, they are one God. That Trinity concept again. So hard to understand! They are One in their purpose and passion for their sheep, those they have chosen.
Q – Have you trusted Jesus to cleanse you from sin and take you to Heaven someday? If so, you can completely rest in the fact that He will not let go of you for any reason. He is your Protector, Provider, and Prince. Hallelujah!