During the times of Jesus the question of who he was seemed constant. In the book of John the Jews once again have Jesus cornered and are about to stone him because of his claim to be the Son of God. And by their (the Jews) laws and history, the messiah was not a plain man performing miracles here and there. No man of their God would let everyday men and women into their fold. After all the law (of Moses and God) was everyone that entered into the kingdom had to come by way of Jewish law. In this instance the Pharisees (Jewish church members & leaders) ask Jesus,
How long do you keep us in doubt? If you are Christ tell us plainly
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.