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March 29 – Hearing His Voice And Following Him

“Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about Me, but you do not believe because you are not among My sheep. 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.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.’  The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.” John 10:25-31

Devotional Thought For The Day

“Religion” is a vast, incredibly complex and difficult subject. There is no question that “theology” – the study of God – is also fraught with difficult issues and great mysteries. Much of the difficulty comes with avoiding and rebutting the horrific distortions that come from the devil, who works through the sinful, darkened hearts and minds of fallen, rebellious, unbelieving human beings. Religion and theology can be an endless and hopeless distraction that leads people away from God. Jesus simplifies matters for us and seeks to lead us to God – and how blessed we are if we are but attentive to His voice.

First, Jesus assures us that He “gives us eternal life.” Earlier in this teaching session Jesus explained His “work” – “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.” [John 10:17,18] It is a strange mixture of metaphors, but the Good Shepherd is also the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world,” and in Him “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” [Eph. 1:7] Indeed, the Word of God stands sure and certain, that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 John 1:7]

Whatever else is to be said or argued about Jesus, He is the “gateway” to God.  He, and He alone, by His suffering, death, and resurrection, “gives eternal life” to His sheep. It is His gift, and we cannot earn, merit, or accomplish what He “gives” to us. His “sheep” are not necessarily theological experts, or highly disciplined spiritual gurus – but rather they “hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” They simply adhere to His Word by faith, and follow Him. Their entire being and future is secured and protected by Jesus, and by our heavenly Father – “they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Those who hear His voice and follow Him also believe Him when He declares: “I and My Father are One.” His hearers knew exactly what He was saying – that “You, being a man, make Yourself God.” [Jn. 10:33] He acknowledged this at His trial, and willingly accepted punishment of death under this charge – His assertion of the truth that He is God, One with the Father. Those who believe His Word, hear His voice, and follow Him, assert the same – that Jesus, though a man, is God Almighty. This is simple, though mystery; the only difficulty comes from those who disbelieve Jesus. They “pick up stones to stone Him,” and ultimately crucify Him. Beware of this darkness of heart that refuses to hear His Word, believe Him, and follow Him.

If the Father “loves” Jesus for laying down His life for the sheep, shouldn’t we also?  After all, we are the principle beneficiaries of His suffering, death, and resurrection!  As we contemplate His work during this most holy season, may we hear His voice, rejoice in His self-sacrifice, and receive His precious gift of eternal life. May we trust Him, that we have nothing to worry about, that we will never perish. And may we come to love Him and cherish Him all the more, exulting in His love and His glory. It is not complex but very simple for those who are the sheep of our dear Savior!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, the devil puts many questions and considerations into our minds before we even have opportunity to simply hear Your Word and rejoice in Your wondrous goodness and love. We seek to be “wise” rather than to simply hear Your Word, believe You, and follow You. Deliver all of us from the morass of false theology and religiosity – that having Your gift of eternal life we may simply follow You, love You, and cherish You. Amen.