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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Saturday, May 7, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  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. My Father, in regard to what he has given me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (NRSV)

“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

There are ways to dig deeper into this, and I was all set to at first.

Pages of notes thinking about the relationship between hearing and listening. Between hearing and responding, responding and following.

Some would have us think this is simple, that faith is merely a matter of hearing and then believing. (And then what is the relationship between believing and responding?) And it might be, for some. For others not.

But what I kept coming back to was not our belief but Jesus.

He knows his sheep.
He gives them eternal life.
No one can take them from his hand.

Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus, you have called me and I follow. May it ever be so. Amen.

Written by Simon Crow, Program Manager, Discipleship and Small Group Ministry

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