John 10:22-42

The “Festival of Dedication” is also the “Festival of Lights” or “Hanukkah.” It commemorates the re-dedication of the Jewish temple in 164 B.C. after its desecration by Antiochus Epiphanes. While there for the feast Jesus is confronted by the Jewish leadership. They want to know plainly if He is the Messiah. He doesn’t answer directly, but points to the works that He does and says that His followers will recognize Him by those works! They are His sheep, and they will follow Him forever because the Father gives them to Him! He then says that He and the Father are one, and the leadership wants to stone Him because He is claiming to be God!

Jesus doesn’t actually deny it, but points to a flaw in their logic. If human rulers can be called “gods” in Psalm 82:6, why couldn’t He? In truth, the designation is even more appropriate with Him! And He continues to do things that point to Him as God’s representative, as the Messiah, as God Himself! They try to seize Him again, but He escapes, and goes back to where it all began. It is here that we see John the Baptist’s ministry mimicking our own. Although we don’t do the miracles that Jesus did, we can still point people to the Messiah. Then, when the Spirit does a miraculous work in their lives, they believe too!

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