TUESDAY, JUNE 27
SCRIPTURE: John 10
I want to approach today a little differently. I am going to pull out some different sections of this chapter in which Jesus is specifically talking about His role at the Good Shepherd. I hope that we might learn some things of value here that will be an encouragement in the days ahead.
The first thing is found in verses 3-4. His sheep know the voice of the Good Shepherd. In the context of the analogy, this is a beautiful picture of real sheep being so accustomed to the voice of a real shepherd, that they not only recognized the voice of that shepherd but also followed Him.
As I was thinking about this, I was reminded that I have never heard the physical voice of Jesus. My guess is the vast majority of you haven’t either. So, we really don’t know the tone or intonation or cadence or sound of Jesus’ voice. But that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize Jesus’ voice. Here’s what I mean.
The Bible is a perfect representation of Jesus’ voice. I am not just talking about the words that appear in red in some of our Bibles. I am talking about every word in the Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the last Amen in Revelation. All of that constitutes the voice of Jesus. All of that is Jesus speaking to us.
That means the only way we can truly recognize the voice of Jesus is to stay in the Word of Jesus. That’s one of the most important ways that we know Him. It is one of the most important ways that we are protected from following others who try to add to or take away from the Bible. It is one of the most important ways that we are protected from false teachers/shepherds.
The second thing I would call your attention to is found in verse 15. Here we find that the Good Shepherd is willing to lay down His life for the sake of the sheep. Others might run to escape a perceived danger. But the Good Shepherd willingly makes the sacrifice for His sheep.
I have often wondered with the power that He possessed, how Jesus went through all that He endured during His arrest, abuse, and crucifixion. It would have been easy for Him to obliterate all that had a hand in that. He had countless angels just waiting for His word to come swooping in to rescue Him. Yet, He endured unimaginable, excruciating treatment for the sake of the sheep. The poor, dumb sheep.
The third thing is found in verses 28-30. It is what I call the double security. Jesus promises us eternal life. But on top of that He promises us protection. Our salvation is secure because we are in the grasp of Jesus. Then it is as if the Father’s hand wraps around the Son’s hand in which we are grasped. And no one, the Bible says, no one can remove us from those two hands – that double security.
I praise God for this. If my salvation were left up to me, I would have lost it a million times. There is no way I could keep me saved. But my salvation is not left up to me. My salvation began with Jesus, continues with Jesus, and will culminate in Jesus. Regardless of what happens or doesn’t. Regardless of what I do or don’t do. My salvation is secure because that security is not based on me. It is based solely in Jesus.
Oh what a Savior. What a glorious Savior.