And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:16-18
Jesus came for the Jews and it was to them that Jesus did the vast majority of His teaching. The good news is that Jesus did not come only for the Jews; He came for all of us, Jew and Gentile. Of course a message like this would not have gone over well with the authorities. For over two thousand years the Jewish people had been set apart from the rest of the world. Here comes Jesus telling them that there are others that He is bringing into the flock.
When you think about it the Jews did not have a lot going for them. They had been conquered multiple times, taken into exile, the temple destroyed and now they were under the thumb of Rome. All they had was their identity as God’s chosen people. And here comes Jesus telling then that He wants to bring others into the family. This would have been extremely hard to take.
Forgotten was God’s promise to Abraham that God would bless the nations through him. The greatness of the Jewish people was not just that they were God’s people but that they were the instrument through which God would reach the entire world. Salvation was through the Jews but it was God’s gift to the world.
Have a blessed day,