At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10:22-30)
We live in s confusing world. Many choices are required in our lifetime. Some of those choices are much more critical than others.The Pharisees of Jesus’ day wrestled with who Jesus was. They saw the miraculous works that Jesus did yet they refused to believe in Him. Not only did they not believe but they attempted to prevent others from believing.
There are those who follow Jesus because they realize who He is and listen to His voice. On the other hand, there are those who not only question who Jesus is but deliberately attempt to thwart His ministry. In which camp do we find ourselves? There is no in-between. There are those who listen and follow. There are those who refuse to listen. They would rather ignore, abhor, or obscure the message of Jesus.
To those who will listen, Jesus offers eternal life. The Apostle John had vision of heaven in which he saw people robed in white. In the vision one of the elders of the faith asked John who these people were:
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:13-14)
In truth, this life is difficult at best. It could be described as an ordeal. We all need a shepherd to guide us through it. Whom should we choose to be that shepherd? There are no shortages of gurus and guides. Even some churches today are selling a worldly success message. This message often denies that there will be difficulties in life that are not caused by a lack of faith. In fact, the difficulties are there to challenge our faith.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Who will help us overcome the world? Who has the proven track record? Who has risen from the dead? Who can guide us through this transitory life and prepare us for life to come? His name is Jesus.