During the Festival of Dedication, in the winter, the Jews ask Jesus to tell them directly in order to provoke others to action. They want Jesus to say that which would give them reason for stone him, “but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?'”
We are reminded that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the sheep hear his voice, “no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Although the Jews want the Messiah to come, they want him to come on their terms and on their side. Jesus is obedient to the Father, not man.
And again he escaped their grasp.