Archive for August 8th, 2017

John 10

John 10 has Jesus teaching us about the relationship with Him that leads to eternal life.  “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice”.  The shepherd calls the sheep by name, showing that the shepherd has a personal connection with the sheep. The shepherd leads them, providing direction and leadership – without driving the sheep.  It’s about becoming a Christ Follower – one who knows Him and follows His leading.

Jesus goes on to talk about how it this relationship happens.  “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and  find pasture”.  Jesus used another picture from sheep farming in His time. Pens were made with only one entrance. The door for those sheep pens was the shepherd himself. He laid his body across the entrance, to keep the sheep in and to keep out the wolves. The shepherd was in fact the door.  Jesus is the door to eternal life. He alone is the remedy for sin in our lives which will keep us from eternal life with God if we don’t address it.  We have to enter into His pen and be protected by His love.

The gospel can be explained in verses 10 and 11 of John 10.  First, Jesus tells us what the enemy plans for us.  “The thief comes only to steal and  kill and destroy”.  This is pretty clear – Satan wants to destroy us.  Not merely take us off course.  Not must mess up our life.  He wants to destroy us.  Jesus has a different mission. “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.  What a difference.  What a promise.  Jesus came to give us abundant life – not just life – but in abundance.  Those are the two choices we have in front of us.  Allow the enemy to have his way with us and face utter destruction and eternity without God, or follow Jesus and experience abundant life and eternity with God.  Seems like an easy choice to me.

Jesus goes on to say “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”.  There is the explanation of the Cross.  Jesus is our shepherd and gave His life for us.  The question is: ‘what will we do with Jesus’?  We have to make a decision of whether we’ll follow Him or not.  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand’.  There is the promise of eternity. Jesus went to the cross to give us the opportunity to follow Him and have eternal life.  But the decision is in our hand.  We have to make a choice!

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