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It would have been so much easier to simply not have discussions with the religious leaders.  They were trying to trap Jesus at every turn.  He neither avoided the conflict nor couched his statements.  He answered plain questions with straight answers. Still, in the midst of the banter, Jesus showed the rest of the crowd and us the character of God. 

Jesus spoke to the leaders about his relationship with the Father, but, more importantly, he reminded us of the security we have in Christ.  He told them three things of note–1.I know my sheep, 2. they will not be taken from me and more importantly, 3. they will not be taken from my father. 

The idea of eternal security was novel and drove the religious leaders even more crazy.  But for those that believed, they had a God that wanted them to know they were safe in his hands,

Today, we have to trust in that same security.  We can rest safely in his arms and know that he not only protects and provides for us here; but he has a place prepared for us in heaven for all eternity. As our shepherd, we are safe and can follow him with confidence, knowing that he has us safely in his care.

God Bless You

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[b] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”