Jesus identifies Himself with the Father. Everything that Jesus does reflects the Father’s works; thus, He declares, “The Father and I are one.” When He says, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me,” Jesus describes the relationship of intimate union between him and the Father. Only Jesus knows, understands, and does the Father’s will. The words and deeds of Jesus are the Father’s. His union with Father is unique; only He can fully reveal the Father and even grant divine life. With His resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father, believers understand that Jesus is truly the Son of God.
Faith is a gift from God. One who is open to God’s grace receives it, but one who is adamantly proud and hard of heart will never understand.
Gospel • JOHN 10:22-30
The feast of the Dedication was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around Him and said to Him, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in My Father’s name testify to Me. But you do not believe, because you are not among My sheep. My sheep hear My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
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