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The Good Shepherd!

Scripture reading for November 4th: John 10

Key Scriptures: John 10:14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.”

Jesus further revealed His identity to His disciples by using the metaphor of the ‘Good Shepherd’ and a willingness to lay His life down for the sake of the sheep. A good shepherd trains the sheep to know his voice and follow him. A good shepherd takes care of all his sheep, and Jesus had other sheep, the Gentiles, that He would also lay His life down for. Jesus also had authority from the Father to lay His life down as a part of the plan of salvation for lost sinners (sheep) and He also had authority because of a sinless life and perfect obedience to take His life back up again in resurrection power by the Spirit of Holiness. (Romans 1:4) This was all given by the Father to His Son because He loved Him (and us)! We are eternally safe in His amazing care.

John 10:27-28 “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.”

Faith Confession and prayer: Father God, Your amazing plan of salvation through sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to lay His life down for me, a sinner, is humbling and beyond full understanding. Jesus’ death and resurrection from the grave is also amazing and exciting because He is alive forever and ever! I receive eternal life and will never perish and the fear of death has been forever vanquished! Open doors that I might share this Good News today!

Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”

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Entering the Abundant Life

Scripture reading for November 4th: Ezekiel 28-30; John 10

Key Scriptures: John 10:7-11 “So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Jesus used the analogy of sheep and a shepherd to illustrate His ministry to His true followers. A “good shepherd” would lay his life down for his sheep. He would stretch himself out over the door of the sheepfold during the night hours, protecting them with his own body. Any sheep entering the fold had to pass under his rod of authority before entering. Any wolf would be beaten back. The good shepherd speaks to his sheep and they know his voice. He leads them to green pastures and by still waters. This analogy brings great understanding and comfort to God’s sheep!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my Good Shepherd and the Door to eternal life and peace. Speak to me daily and lead me through this wilderness of this world to my eternal home with You.

Ezekiel 28:25 “”Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to My servant Jacob.””

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“Do you love Me?”

Scripture reading for May 4th:  John 21

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  John 21:15-16  “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?”  “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.”  Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?”  He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love You.”  Jesus said, “Take care of My sheep.”

More than talent, gifts, or sacrifice, Jesus wanted to know if Peter really loved Him.  Love is the key ingredient to being a disciple of Jesus.  God is “Love” and Jesus knew that without love, Peter would not be able to perform his assigned ministry as an apostle.  Peter was to feed the ‘lambs’ and care for the ‘sheep’ of Jesus!  His job was that of an under-shepherd.  Peter had denied Jesus three times and now Jesus asked Peter to affirm his love three times.  Peter indeed did affirm his love and Jesus then gave him a word of knowledge about how he would eventually give his life for the cause of Christ!  True love is willing to give all we have, including our life-blood, for the Master and those who need to know Him!

Observations for over-comers:  Love and obedience go hand in hand!  If we truly love Jesus, we will feed and care for His sheep and lambs and obey His call on our life!   “Love the Lord, all His saints!  The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full.”  (Psalm 31:23)

 

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