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"I have told you, and you do not believe"
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The Shepherd Knows His Sheep

John 10:22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter,
John 10:23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
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 Messiah, tell us plainly."
John 10:25 Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me;
John 10:26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand.
John 10:30 The Father and I are one."

[John 10:22] "The Feast of Dedication" is not an O.T. feast, but was instituted as a memorial of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus in December, 165 B.C., after Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated it in 167 B.C. It is now called the Feast of Lights, or Hanukkah.

[John 10:28] A blessing for those truly in Christ's fold is eternal security. They shall never, never perish (the Greek double negative is used) and no one shall snatch them from Christ. No other words of assurance can be stronger (cf. Rom. 8:35; 1 Cor. 10:13). When God saves, He saves completely; and because He initiates salvation, He carries it to its fullness. We rest secure in the hands of both the Father and the Son.

[John 10:30] "One" asserts not the identity (as a single Person) but the essential unity of the Father and the Son.

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Readings for the week of April 24th
Fifth Sunday of Easter
First Lesson: Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Second Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35

 

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