Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:
22 The time came for Hanukkah, the Feast of the Dedication, in Jerusalem. 23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the Temple area, in Solomon’s Porch, 24 when the Temple authorities surrounded him and said, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you really are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus replied, “I did tell you, but you don’t believe. The work I do in my Abba’s name gives witness in my favor, 26 but you don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never be lost. No one will ever snatch them from my hand. 29 Abba God, who gave them to me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal them from Abba God. 30 For Abba and I are One.
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God