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During His earthly ministry, Jesus was against the Jews who tried to oppose and contradict Him. The Bible tells us, “And Jesus went into the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.” (John 10:24-26). Jesus made it very plain to them that because of their unbelief they were not His sheep. Therefore, Jesus could not be their shepherd.

Jesus went on to tell them about the total security of His sheep. He said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27,28). Jesus refers to Himself as “the good Shepherd that gives His life for the sheep.” And again He says, “I am the good Shepherd and know my sheep and I am known by My own.” (John 10:11,14).

Jesus also stated, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 'I am the door of the sheep." (John 10:7). As the good shepherd, He gives His life for the sheep (Verse 11). And being "the door," anyone who enters through that door, "he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture" (verse 9). This tells us about the abundant care and sustenance of the good shepherd of whom David declared, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters" (Psalm 23:1,2).

The only way one can become a “sheep of Christ,” is in response to the gospel, which is the good news of salvation that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead in accordance with the scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Thus, Christ provides “eternal life” for His sheep, which means ”they will never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”

Eternal life means, “never ending.” It is actually the life of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself that He imparts to everyone who receives Him as their personal Savior. Also included is the guarantee that “they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28). This means total security is guaranteed by the Shepherd for time and eternity. The Bible tells us, “We are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 95:7).

Jesus also stated, “My Father, who gave them [the sheep] to Me, is greater than all, and no man is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (John 10:29). This reinforces the safety of the sheep because they are absolutely safe in the care and comfort of God the Father and God the Son.

Jesus also states confidently and forcefully. “I and My Father are One.” (John 10:30). And in verse 38 He said, “the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” This was also revealed by Christ in His high priestly intercessory prayer to the Father. He prayed, “I come to You, Holy Father, keep through your name those who you have given Me, that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:11). There is absolutely no doubt about of the oneness and equality of God the Father and God the Son, which vividly supports the doctrine of the “Trinity,” which is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The writer of Hebrews, bring his letter to a wonderful conclusion with this benediction, "Now may the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20,21).