What are our trophies that we discard so that we might turn ourselves to Jesus?
When Jesus is called the “Beloved Son” it means that he is completely, thoroughly, and fully loved. He is the one who fully, thoroughly and completely pleases God. “Beloved” comes from be + loved = fully, thoroughly, completely loved and pleasing.
In ancient Jewish times, the number seven symbolized perfection, completion, or fullness. The number seventy combines the perfection of seven with the symbolic completion of ten. Therefore, Jesus is using a form of hyperbole to make a point that our forgiveness needs to be perfect; it needs to be full, complete and ongoing, not half-hearted, measured, calculating, or backtracking.
“Fear can be replaced by hope when perspective is available.”
“The addiction to fear of the future is likely to create the very challenges we hope to avoid. Instead we should seek after peace, forgiveness, repentance, kindness and understanding.”
“In our suffering we come to experience the truth and reality that Jesus became like us so that we could become like him. God — who knew all, had all, created all — was willing to take on the destructive flesh of a mortal body to suffer with us, live with us, love us and thereby show us a better way.”
“In this Feast of Dedication context, Jesus is in the temple teaching that salvation comes to those who hear his voice as the good shepherd. But because of their history, and their future expectations, many Jews could not imagine a humble shepherd when they were expecting a mighty messianic king.” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865636600/John-10-and-hearing-unto-salvation.html