DEVOTION – DAY 70
John 10:14-15 “Jesus, the Good Shepherd”
John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
A shepherd’s job is to protect and guard his sheep against predators like wolves and thieves. A shepherd would watch over the sheep and lead them out to pastures and to places where there is water. And when there is danger, a shepherd would even go as far as to die protecting his sheep. So, when Jesus said He is the good shepherd, he meant it as someone willing to lay down His life for His sheep. Now a hired shepherd would never risk his own life for the sheep because the sheep does not belong to him. But Jesus, the good shepherd is willing to sacrifice Himself for His sheep.
These verses give us an understanding of what it means to be a child of God. When we become a Christian, we are regarded as someone belonging to Jesus. Jesus Christ knows us because we belong to Him. And we know Jesus because we have the Bible that tells us who He is. We also have the Holy Spirit living within us that helps us to know Jesus and keep close to Him. This close relationship with the Lord Jesus mirrors the same close relationship that Jesus has with God, the Father.
In John 10, Jesus warned his followers against the false shepherds – the religious leaders called Pharisees. Jesus taught the importance of knowing the voice of the good shepherd compared to the voices of the false shepherds. Today, we also need to beware of false teachings. Some may tell us we do not have the Holy Spirit unless we can “speak in tongues” or that we are not a Christian unless we are baptized. How then, can we know what is true?
God has given us the Bible which is His Word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God has also given us the Holy Spirit. If we read our Bibles well and allow the Holy Spirt to teach and guide us, we will always know the voice of Jesus and not the voices of false teachers.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, please help us to stick close to your Word as you watch over us, and may we be close to the Lord Jesus always just as He is close to you. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ name, we pray. Amen.
- How has the Lord watched over you?
- How well do you know the Lord’s voice and what will you do to know it better?
- What challenges do you face today that might distract you and lead you astray?
- How can God’s Word help you against such challenges?