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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 8, 2021

Daily Reading: John 9-10


John 10:28

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.


Who is them? Jesus said, I give unto them eternal life…who is He speaking about? The verse just before this one tells us: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: so He is speaking about His sheep. He compares His followers, those who accept Him, believe in Him, and live in light of His Word and His Will to sheep.


David knew that he was one of the Lord’s sheep, for he wrote some of the most memorable and popular words in the Bible: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. David was a king, but more than that, he was one of the Lord’s sheep. Because he was the Lord’s sheep, he had eternal life, he would never perish, and no person (even him) could separate him from the shepherd’s protections. The same is true for all His sheep, including you.


Do sheep worry? Do they fear for tomorrow? Do they fret over yesterday? Probably not, at least not like humans are prone to do. There is a heart tugging story about Jesus in relation to sheep. Matthew 9:36 records: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. As a shepherd He was moved by the poor plight of sheep that had no shepherd. They fainted and were scattered. How sad.


But God’s people are not so. They are likened to sheep with a loving, great, and caring Shepherd who are strengthened and gathered all because of the great work of the Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. When, or if, asked what a “Christian” is, the best answer may be, a sheep in the Lord’s flock.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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