The time came for the Festival of Dedicationa in Jerusalem. It was winter,
and Jesus was in the temple, walking in the covered porch named for Solomon.
The Jewish opposition circled around him and asked, "How long will you test our patience? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
Jesus answered, "I have told you, but you don't believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me,26but you don't believe because you don't belong to my sheep.27My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me.28I give them eternal life. They will never die, and no one will snatch them from my hand.29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them from my Father's hand.30I and the Father are one."
Again the Jewish opposition picked up stones in order to stone him.
Jesus responded, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of those works do you stone me?"
The Jewish opposition answered, "We don't stone you for a good work but for insulting God. You are human, yet you make yourself out to be God."
Jesus replied, "Isn't it written in your Law, I have said, you are gods?"b35Scripture calls those to whom God's word came gods, and scripture can't be abolished. 36So how can you say that the one whom the Father has made holy and sent into the world insults God because he said, ‘I am God's Son'? 37If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me. 38But if I do them, and you don't believe me, believe the works so that you can know and recognize that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39
Again, they wanted to arrest him, but he escaped from them.
Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had baptized at first, and he stayed there.
Many people came to him. "John didn't do any miraculous signs," they said, "but everything John said about this man was true."
Many believed in Jesus there.