22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
Imagine witnessing the healing of thousands of people, hearing the most amazing teaching of all time, and then being told that a man born blind had been miraculously given his sight. Were that to happen today the world would know that there was a miracle worker named Jesus. But in Jesus day there was still doubt in people’s minds. Was this the Christ, the anointed One of God? Was he the Messiah-Servant of Isaiah’s prophesies? Was He the One? So they asked Jesus again, are you He?
Jesus patiently took the time to answer them and then let all of us for all time know that the only ones who would accept Him were those who belong to Him. “My sheep hear my voice” Jesus said. This indicates that there are those who are His sheep and those who are not His sheep. When we, who know Him, hear Biblical teaching, we hear the voice of God speaking to our hearts. We agree with God’s truth in that we hear it and know it is from Him. Others, who are not His, hear the same messages and get nothing out of it. Those who get nothing from God’s word do not know the Shepherd and so cannot hear His voice.
Then Jesus goes one step further and tells us for all time that those who hear His voice belong to Him and possess eternal life given them from Him. Those who possess eternal life will never perish and will always be in God’s place of protection. I am so very thankful for this teaching and for God’s call upon my life. I am thankful that as one called by Him I hear His voice. I am thankful that I am kept by Christ and secured by the Father. No one can snatch, or kidnap, any of the sheep of Jesus from the hands of God. We are eternally secure in Him.
Are you eternally secure today? Have you heard the voice of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus? I have and will be eternally thankful for His call.
As you know, I took a week off and went to see our son, Justin and his wife Katelyn and their boys, Joel, Hudson, Owen and Carson. It was a wonderful week of family time. What a joy to spend time with them all just doing life together. One of the joys of being grandparents is the influence we can have on the grandsons. We did lots of fun stuff together but most of all just spent time loving them and being a godly influence in their lives. It all ends too quickly yet will be remembered for a long time.
I am thankful to be back at Grace for Life. We sure to do love our church which is the people who make it up. It was a joy to be back with everyone sharing God’s word and His love to all. Then last night going out to the Riverwalk to point people to Christ was a thrilling time. Many people opened up for spiritual conversations and we are praying today for God to bring the seeds to fruition.
Pray with us for God’s financial provisions. We owe the daycare employees another payroll to finish off our accounts there. God knows this and we are seeking His provision.
I reminded the church yesterday that God does not see people’s color or culture but sees people made in His image. It is high time that we as Christians see people from God’s point of view. This prejudice mess that our country is in can be fixed if all of us would see each other as made in God’s image and in His likeness. We are people. We are not different to be treated different but different by God’s design to accomplish His purposes. Embrace the differences and rejoice in the people around you that are different from you.
Have a great day in the Lord,