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Message of the Day: We are Eternally Secured In Christ Who is One With God, The Father

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10:28-30, NKJV)

John 10:28-30 is within the pericope that deals with Jesus and the disciples at the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah (John 10:22-42). The Feast commemorates the rededication of the temple in 165 BC after the defeat of Antiochus Epiphanes. It is held about two months after the Feast of Tabernacles and was the Jews’ only winter festival.

It was not a required pilgrimage festival festival, but the eight-day celebration of lights in the temple was beautiful, and many pious Jews from nearby Galilee would come to Jerusalem. The outer part of the temple had porches on all four sides; the Royal Porch, on the south, had four rows of pillars. Solomon’s Porch was on the east side of the temple, with two rows of pillars. The south portico was called Solomon’s because people thought that it contained remains of Solomon’s temple.

Greek public buildings often included such porches, and they had long been a popular place for public lectures and discussions. It was cool in Jerusalem in winter, so people would be especially inclined to walk under the colonnades.

It was in this occasion that many Jews felt it was time Jesus made a clear public statement that he was the Messiah. Jesus responded that his works were enough proof but most of the Jews refused to recognize them. They misunderstood his claim and probably went further to charge him with sedition. Some, however, believed and accepted Jesus, and heard his voice as a shepherd and followed him. These were in fact, his true people. Jesus as a shepherd would protect his sheep against any thief or predator would have to be ready to pay a great price – the price of faithfulness.

Jesus’ hearers might think of the relation between Israel and God, but Jesus’ wording about his unity with the Father is too explicit for that: instead he echoes the basic confession of Judaism that God is one. For Jesus to be one with the Father is tantamount to a claim to deity.

We who accepted and followed Jesus and heard his voice has eternal life, and our eternal security is guaranteed by both Jesus and his heavenly Father, with whom he was inseparably united. (John 10:22-30).

Sources:

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

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