Going Deeper 5-10-19

The Gospel reading for Easter 4...
John 10:22-30   At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."  Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand.  The Father and I are one."

Are you a follower of Jesus?   Many say they believe in Jesus, but not all of them follow Him.  Many people see following Jesus as simply going to church, saying their prayers, trying to be as 'good' as possible.  Others believe that they can follow Jesus without going to church.  

What do I say?  I say... don't listen to me, listen to Jesus.  At the least, don't listen to me unless what I say echoes what Jesus says.  And Jesus says, "follow me."   And if you are going to church, go there to listen to His words and to participate in a family seeking to follow and serve Him together.

To follow Jesus is to understand Him as our Good Shepherd, who speaks to us primarily through the Gospels, and who speaks to us not only through words but also through actions.  In a passage previous to our text above, Jesus said, "I know my own, and my own know me."   Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, and He accepts and loves us with a love so profound we might struggle to believe and fully accept it.  Both His words and His actions confirm this to be true.

So follow Jesus.  This is the most important thing we can do with our life!!  Listen to Him as He speaks love and grace to you.  Listen to Him as He calls you to follow, and to be so filled with His love and grace that it flows through you to others.  Learn to love as He loves, and to serve as He served.   Understand that He is the Good Shepherd who not only laid down His life for you but has promised to never leave you or forsake you.  Learn to follow.

Following with You,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."