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John 10 Part 5: The God Shepherd

Updated: Jun 20

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

We must always remember to go back and take a look at the theme of the Gospel of John. We don't have to figure out the theme. John plainly states the purpose and theme of his gospel in John 20:31, but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John is always reminding us of who Jesus is: He is the Word at the Beginning, the Eternal Creator who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14). He has the power over disease, nature, time, and death.

Let no one deceive you. Jesus plainly revealed Himself over and over again to His disciples, to His followers, to the multitudes, and even His enemies. Today's passage is striking in its boldness and authoritative implications. A good man would not such claims. No other good man in the Bible claimed to be able to give eternal life to someone. No prophet of the Bible ever claimed to be "One" with the Father. These statements are either the ludicrous outburst of a crazy man. an outright lie from a deceiver, or the purest and truest words of Him who has all authority and power! Jesus is Lord!

And if we can't figure it out, have no fear. His enemies knew exactly what He was saying. They immediately picked up stones to stone Him. When Jesus asked them "Why?", they told Him: "for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make yourself God." Jesus didn't say, "No, that is not what I meant at all!" Which is exactly what we would have said if someone accused us of that. It really doesn't get any more easy to understand.

What comfort we can take in such words! The very one who holds the universe together by the power of His word (Hebrews 1:3) also holds us in His hand. He who control over all things has promised that He will never let us go. We can rejoice in His great love for us. A love that is eternal and abiding and that is not based on our performance, but is based on who He is, was, and always shall be. This is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords--the God Shepherd.

Blessings to you!

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