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“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
Eyewitness: pp. 159,160
In Your Bible: John 10:22-42
In John chapter 10, Jesus told a parable about how dedicated, caring and loving a shepherd is for his flock. He explained the shepherd must, if need be, give up his life for his sheep. Neither the believers nor the Jewish leaders present understood. Jesus wonderfully revealed he is the Good Shepherd.
The second part of John 10 was different. The setting for this talk was specific – it was Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, and winter time. Jesus was walking in the Temple grounds, on Solomon’s Porch. He encountered staunch opposition, yet comforted believers with assurance.
He defines his believers/followers as sheep. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leads his flock. That fact should encourage all believers – then and now.
Sheep Know the Shepherd’s Voice
Jewish leaders gathered around Jesus to challenge him …. was he the Messiah? “I’ve already told you,” Jesus said, “But you did not believe me. The miracles I do in my Father’s name prove who I am, but you do not believe, because you are not my sheep” (Eyewitness John 10:25,26).
Jesus then said words every believer should revere, “My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them everlasting life, so they will never die. No thief can take them from me, because my Father has placed them in my care ….. My Father and I are one” Eyewitness John 10:27-29).
Works Only God Can Do Speak For The Good Shepherd
The Jews were ready to stone Jesus for blasphemy. They said he was a man who claimed to be God. Jesus retorted, “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then don’t believe me. But if I am, and you cannot believe me then believe the miracles and know that the Father is in me and I in him” (Eyewitness John 10:37,38).
Jesus escaped as the leaders’ attempt to seize him. Then he stayed at a place beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist baptized. People said, “John did not do any miracles, but everything John said about this man is true” (Eyewitness John 10:41). Beyond the Jordan, many people believed Jesus was the Messiah.
The Good Shepherd
The Jewish leaders failed to understand the greatness of their God actually sending his Son, for man to see face to face. The Good Shepherd showed he is of God by his miracles, his mercy, his kindness, and his love.
Application: Jesus knows every believer personally – amazing. We can recognize his voice – wonderful. And we cannot be taken away from Jesus – Glory! Yet, we should know, we will be challenged by unbelievers.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your words, your Son, and your Spirit. Keep us empowered for daily living.
Question: If you are one of His sheep, how do others know you are a believer? In what circumstances have you been challenged as a believer? How did it bolster your confidence to continue?