Walking in Truth Devotional update
My Sheep Hear My Voice
Our text is a continuation of chapter 9 and one must have a working understanding of it to understand the text for this lesson:
John records one of the many great works of Christ – the healing of a man born blind (John 9:1-12). This was such a demonstration of the miraculous power of Jesus that even His critics should have believed Him.
However, we see the Pharisees’ reaction to the healing in (v. 13-25). ”This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?” Thus, there was a division among them. So again, they asked the man who used to be blind, “What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” “He is a prophet,” the man replied” (v. 16-17). The Pharisees questioned the man’s parents, but they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. They told the religious leaders to ask their son, because he was of age and could answer for himself.
This passage shows us the desperate lengths to which prejudice will drive wicked people.
1. Agreed that one should be put out of synagogue if confess Christ.
2. When the Pharisees could not frighten the blind man who had been cured, they expelled him from the synagogue.
3. ”Are we blind also?” they cried. “If you were blind, you should have no sin–but now you say, ‘We see’; therefore, your sin remains.”
John 10:14-15 informs us that Jesus knows His sheep: “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.” The apostle Paul put it like this: “God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are his’” (2 Tim. 2:19). Because of His love for us Jesus left heaven and came to earth to pay the penalty for our sins and provide salvation for us. Surely, if the Lord did this for us, then we should hear His voice and follow Him.
Until we learn of Him (Matt. 11:28-30) we will continue to wander around without any direction and find ourselves involved in problems that could be avoided if we would allow Jesus to direct our lives.
This requires us to hear Him and follow His will for our lives. The answer to this problem is to develop a greater trusting relationship with Him, but we cannot develop such a relationship with Him until we have studied His word and know how much He did to make it possible for us to be saved.
So. the big question for us is: Which shepherd are we following? Are we following some self-centered shepherd, or the voice and direction of the Good Shepherd? (John 10:11; John 10:14; cf. 1 Peter 2:25 – NKJV).
Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us Thine we are. —W.B. Bradbury
By Guy Roberson
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