19Again the Jews were divided because of these words.20Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him?”21Others were saying, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Thoughts: Here Jesus makes it very clear that no one is taking his life...he is freely giving it for the sake of God's sheep. And not just those sheep that we all know and presume are a part of God's plan...but even these other wandering sheep are the beneficiaries of Christ's unyielding love for humanity. There is also a wonderful promise tucked into verse 16....There will be one flock and one Shepherd. Our unity is already accomplished in Christ. He is our shepherd and we are his people.
Questions: Have you every experienced unity in the Church? Do agreements make unity, or is unity already present in the form of a gift from Christ. That is do we have to find common ground with each other OR is our common ground Jesus Christ.