Return to Bethany – Part 1

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John 10:22-42

22 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 part of my flock. 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.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. (ESV)

  • Jesus in Jerusalem
    • His last time in Judea before His sacrifice
    • Winter time – Festival of Lights
    • Solomon’s Colonnade
      • Where Peter preached the Gospel (Acts 3)
      • Early meeting place for Christians (Acts 5)
    • He is confronted by religious Jews
      • The confrontation is hostile
      • “Are you the Messiah, yes or no?”
    • Jesus uses the analogy of sheep and their shepherd
      • They are from a different fold
  • The Father and I are One
    • Not one person, but of one nature working together in purpose and will
  • The Jews prepare to Kill Jesus
    • For answering their question!
    • Jesus cites His works as evidence of who He is
    • Psalm 82
      • They are ignorant of what Scripture says
      • They are not able to hear the Shepherd’s voice because they are from another flock
  • Jesus leaves Judea
    • He returns to where John baptized Him
      • His ministry years have gone full circle

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