I picture the Gospel today from John 10:22-30 as a big gathering for a feast and the Jews were all crowding around Jesus when someone asks him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” I think of Jesus, shaking his head in bewilderment and almost not wanting to look at them out of great sadness when he replies, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Believing in Jesus comes with a great responsibility. I can tell you every time I write that I believe in Jesus, I believe in the Father and I believe in the Holy Spirit. By what I write, you might even say that I am a true follower of Jesus. But unless I put my belief into to action by loving you, my neighbor as much as I love myself; doing it because of my love for the Lord, I am nothing more than a fraudulent bag of wind and not much better than those who wanted a plain answer from Jesus.
Jesus loves me, he loves you and he loved the Jews. Some of us will follow, some of us will not. Our free will comes with a price that has been paid for us by the Christ. It seems pretty plain to me.