And I have other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring and impel those also; and they will listen to My voice and heed My call, and so there will be [they will become] one flock under one Shepherd. [Eze_34:23]
For this [reason] the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life–to take it back again.
No one takes it away from Me. On the contrary, I lay it down voluntarily. [I put it from Myself.] I am authorized and have power to lay it down (to resign it) and I am authorized and have power to take it back again. These are the instructions (orders) which I have received [as My charge] from My Father.
Then a fresh division of opinion arose among the Jews because of His saying these things.
And many of them said, He has a demon and He is mad (insane–He raves, He rambles). Why do you listen to Him?
Others argued, These are not the thoughts and the language of one possessed. Can a demon-possessed person open blind eyes?
After this the Feast of Dedication [of the reconsecration of the temple] was taking place at Jerusalem. It was winter,
And Yahushua was walking in Solomon’s Porch in the temple area.
So the Jews surrounded Him and began asking Him, How long are You going to keep us in doubt and suspense? If You are really the Messiah, tell us so plainly and openly.
Yahushua answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father’s name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me].
But you do not believe and trust and rely on Me because you do not belong to My fold [you are no sheep of Mine].
The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.