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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 1, 2015
Many people asking for proof do so for the wrong reasons. Most of these questioners didn’t want to follow Jesus in the way that he wanted to lead them. They hoped that Jesus would declare himself Messiah for perverted reasons. They, along with the disciples and everyone else in the Jewish nation, would have been delighted to have him drive out the Romans. Many of them didn’t think he was going to do that, however. These doubters hoped he would identify himself so they could accuse him of telling lies.
Just as a shepherd protects his sheep, Jesus protects his people from eternal harm. While believers can expect to suffer on earth, Satan cannot harm their souls or take away their eternal life with God. There are many reasons to be afraid here on earth because this is the Devil’s domain. But if you choose to follow Jesus, he will give you everlasting safety.
[“The Father and I are one.”] This is the clearest statement of Jesus’ divinity he ever made. Jesus and his Father are not the same person, but they are one in essence and nature. Thus, Jesus is not merely a good teacher—he is God. His claim to be God was unmistakable. The religious leaders wanted to kill him because their laws said that anyone claiming to be God should die. Nothing could persuade them that Jesus’ claim was true. (NLT)
John 10:22-30 – It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah. He was at the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is what I do in the name of my Father. But you don’t believe me because you are not part of my flock. My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me. The Father and I are one.”
A cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” – Mark 9:7 (NIV)
Michelle S. Lazurek (Pennsylvania) titled her story “THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE;” here is a portion of Michelle’s story:
“My husband and I took a trip to the mall one day with our eight-month-old son. While my husband entertained our son, I enjoyed some ‘me time,’ window shopping alone. But after a while I heard a loud, happy squeal piercing through the crowd. Immediately able to identify the screamer, I whipped my head around and spotted my husband and son a great distance away. Our son was waving happily and blowing me kisses. Even among the thousands of other sounds filling the crowded mall that day, I distinguished the sound of my son’s voice. . .
“My son is a part of me, and I am a part of him. Sheep know their shepherd’s voice because of the time and care a shepherd invests in them. Our Shepherd is a part of us, and we are part of him.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will listen for my Shepherd’s voice over the clamor of this world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us decipher your voice over the sounds of the world. Amen.
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