It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. The Jews therefore came around him, and said to him, “How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you don’t believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me. But you don’t believe, because you are not of my sheep. As I told you… my sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Therefore, Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”
The Jews answered him, “We don’t stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy… because you (being a man) make yourself God.”
Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods?’ If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can’t be broken)… do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. But if I do them, though you don’t believe me, believe the works… that you may know and believe that the Father is in me and I in the Father.” They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.
He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first (and there he stayed). Many came to him. They said, “John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.” Many believed in him there.
Source Text Prioritization:
- John 10:22-42