20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
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.”
To Be One
When we have been in painful relationships, to be one with another person seems unattractive. If we have had a father or mother who belittled us, beat us, or showed no interest in us, we find it hard to accept love and affection which we have never known. Some people throw themselves desperately into relationships hoping that they will be known. Some people hide themselves because of the fear and the pain. Some people are so damaged that they cease to feel anything deeply, they languish in apathy and despair.
Jesus wants to be known and he wants to know us. That is a hard concept for me. I don’t attach well with males. I can play alongside them, but it is harder to believe that they wold want to selflessly invest in me. By faith I accept that to Jesus I am precious. I am protected in the palm of his hand. I belong to him and he belongs to me. He was firmly secure in his relationship with his heavenly father, I was designed for that kind of security. To become more attached to Jesus is a tedious and slow journey. My mind defaults to sinful patterns that it has learned from youth. Sin so quickly entangles me. However, in Jesus’ strength I push on into union with God. He invites me into the embrace of the Trinity. Even typing this I tremble. I fear that I am an imposter. However, my feelings of being an outsider don’t belong here. Jesus assures me and he holds me close.
Jesus, you have paid the price so that I can be united with God. I have fears and I am wounded in ways that are revealed to me with ever-increasing depth. Let us all find rest in you and lead us on a path to healing and wholeness.
- With whom did the people believe Jesus had a relationship?
- How does Jesus describe his relationship with the Father?
- How does Jesus describe those who are his?
- Whose are you?
- How is Jesus holding you close and leading you into an intimate relationship with him?