The Feast of Dedication (Journeys 41-42)

At this time, Jesus is not ready to declare Himself as Messiah, as we are reading in John 10:22-42. The Feast of Dedication celebrated the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC, which was after the defeat of Antiochus Epiphanes. It was usually held about two months after the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:2), and was the Jews’ only winter festival as well (10:22).

Many Jews were wanting Jesus to make a clear and public statement that He is the Messiah, to which, Jesus replied that His Works are clear enough proof for people; however, the Jews refused to acknowledge them. Some of them, however, did accept and follow Jesus, which were His True People. They are the ones with Eternal Life, and God and our Savior Jesus Christ, whom is both united inseparably, guaranteed their eternal security.

The Jews again burst into anger at Jesus, claiming that He was blaspheming since He was claiming to be God. Jesus replied to them that one Old Testament passage declared Israel’s rulers as “gods,” but because they exercised God-given authority. How much more than should the One who was united with the Heavenly Father call Himself God—as He has the authority to do so! Jesus did not want the Jews to excuse their unbelief by just arguing over mere words, because Jesus’ Works were enough proof of His Divinity. This made them so angry that they tried to take Him; however, He escaped quickly.

Then, Jesus withdraws from Jerusalem and goes to Bethany beyond Jordan. Here, many believed upon Him.

What can we learn here? Those that are His True People have Eternal Life and have eternal security hereupon, to which when a person honors the Son, he also honors God! We never know where people will accept Christ, but we must let Him be the judge of that while we do the work.