John 10:22–30 (ESV)
I and the Father Are One
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the
Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s
hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Verse 22 gives a time marker in that this was happening at the time of the Feast of Dedication. This is the time of Hanukkah. This is a continuation of Jesus
as the Good Shepherd. He had been talking about the unity between him and his Father. He had been saying I and my Father are one. He is saying the same thing in today’s reading. They ask Jesus to tell us plainly who you are, not
using cryptic language... but to speak plainly. Jesus speaks plainly telling them 1) I told you, but you did not believe and 2) my miracles are proof of who I am. Then he goes back to saying I and the Father are one. The verse that brings the most
comfort to me is verse 28: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
I pray: O Lord, you are my
shepherd and I know you will protect me. I find comfort that no one will snatch me out of your hand. Continue to protect me and guide me. Amen.