Day 37: John 10:19-42
The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon.Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.
John 10:19-42 (NIV)
Qualities of the Good Shepherd…
1. Loves His sheep and develops a close, intimate relationship with them so that they know His voice and trust Him.
2. Understands the needs of the sheep better than they do.
3. Works tirelessly to provide protection and security.
4. Leads them to green pastures and fresh water.
5. Defends sheep against their enemies.
6. Provides protection while they sleep.
7. Goes ahead of sheep and prepares the path.
8. Disciplines and corrects them.
9. Comforts sheep when they are hurt or fearful.
10. Cares for and loves the sheep and sacrifices His life for them.
11. Rejoices in the health, well-being, and prosperity of His flock.
12. Will leave the flock to search for lost sheep.
13. Experiences great joy in finding lost sheep.
14. Gently leads those with young.
Do you want to be a sheep in the Good Shepherd’s flock? I know I do. I so long to be His sheep, to hear His voice, and know that He will lead me on the path that is best for me. So many of the Jewish leaders simply could not bring themselves to accept the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. They were outside of the fold of sheep. It seemed that no matter what Jesus taught or said, they simply could not bring themselves to believe. They didn’t even want to believe after all the many wonderful works Jesus had done during His time with them. The leaders spoke such great words, but their actions certainly did not line up with their words. They were certainly not good shepherds as Jesus was. Jesus’ words and actions lined up perfectly…that is someone that I want to follow – someone who follows through with what they say. I know I can trust my Good Shepherd because He always keeps His promises.
I pray that I can follow in the steps of the Good Shepherd – may my life be a reflection of Him, with my words and my actions being in line with each other. I want people to hear the good news of Jesus coming from my lips and then I want them to see me living out my life being like Jesus.
Pam Little, Director of Children's Ministry