Is Jesus just a really nice guy with an inspiring message that people are attracted to, or is he much, much more than that? The passage we read today from the gospel of John seemingly leaves little room for argument. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. There are many people who accept Jesus and follow him as a disciple. Unfortunately, there are at least as many people who will only concede that Jesus provides a moral way of living.
Who is right?
The feast of the Dedication was 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.”
Being a Christian is not just a way of living, it is acceptance of Jesus as the Lord of our lives. Do not be seduced by our modern relativism.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus and the Father are one.