Today's verses are John 10:22-24: "At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 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.'" My child, it is now winter time in my story in John's gospel. I am walking in the temple, celebrating the Feast of Dedication. This was a feast to celebrate the rededication of the Jewish temple. It had been desecrated by an evil ruler named Antiochus Epiphanes IV in 167 B.C. Since December, 164 B.C., after his overthrow, the temple was redicated for its purpose: a place to worship my Father in heaven. Since 164 B.C., this feast annually had taken place.
The place where I was walking was especially meaningful to the Jews, for it could have been traced back to the days of Solomon. It had been able to withstand the first temple destruction in 586 B.C., and was a part of Ezra's reconstruction. For the Jews then, it was much like the Wailing Wall is for them today. It was sacred, special, historical and exceedingly meaningful.
It was in this special place that I chose to continue my teaching. Gathered around me were Jews, especially the Jewish officials. They asked me to hold them in suspense no longer. They wanted to know if I was truly the Christ. They wanted a plain, concise answer.
So should you. Again, I tell you again, that the most important question in the history of the world is simply this one: Who is Jesus? Your answer to this question determines your eternity. It gives you my powerful presence for you present. It gives you a supernatural strength to face any problem, any time, any place.
Again, have you answered this question? Am I a lying lunatic, on the level of other deluded dreamers who have walked the halls of history? Or am I the Christ, the long-awaited Messiah, sent from my Father in heaven to die on the cross, be raised from the dead, so that my name is above every other name? Is it possible that one day, at the mention of my name, every knee will bow and tongue confess that I am Lord over all?
These were my claims. They were what my apostles believed and wrote about me. They were convinced, so much so, that they willingly gave their lives for me. Often, their very last words, before being martyred, gave witness to the fact that they knew that I had been raised from the dead. They had personally seen me. They could not deny what they had seen and heard.
What about you? Is your life hidden in me? Am I the source of your life today? Is your purpose for living found in me? Your purpose in life, not your pleasure in life, should be what motivates you. Do you live for my glory and my glory alone?
That is my desire. That is my longing. That is the reason I left heaven and came to earth, to live in relationship with you forever. I love you.
You can trust me today.