The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:10-11 (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 10
Reading: John 10
One of the proofs that apologists use in presenting the case FOR the Resurrection of Jesus is that the Disciples (also known as the Apostles) were all willing to die for it and all of them suffered gruesome deaths except for John. You die for things that are 1) true and 2) important. Who in their right mind would be willing to for something they knew to be a lie? Who would be willing to die for something insignificant? If you don’t believe something or value something, you will give it up to save yourself if threatened. Watch this video for a fun example.
Jesus died for what is important to him. You. One of His sheep. Sheep can be dumb. They eat with their heads down and just follow the food. They forget to look up and see the big picture of where there are supposed to be. They get lost easily. They get stuck. Flip one on their back and they are going to have a really tough time getting up. Sound like anyone you know?
No matter how you feel about your value it doesn’t strip you of the value Jesus has placed on you. He loves you so much that he died for you even with all your faults and propensity to get lost.
One thing the sheep do well though? Hear. They have good ears. They know which shepherd is theirs and which is not. Tune your ears to Jesus’ voice. You will be lost no more.