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Monday, May 12, 2014

Strong Remarks for Christians from Centuries Past on John 10:1-10

John 10:1-10: “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit.2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

The Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, who lived in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century (1662-1714) wrote about the thief and bandit trying to get at Jesus flock. He also wrote about the rest of us. I have to say, his point of view is striking, refreshing, and bracing. He's right. We need to do better. 

Matthew Henry writes: How industrious are wicked people to do mischief! What plots will they lay, what pains will they take, what hazards will they run, in their wicked pursuits! This should shame us out of our slothfulness and cowardice in the service of God.

In the face of the efforts of so many thieves and bandits, who are extremely busy trying to tear down Jesus' flock, pulling us apart from within and without, we really do need to step up and get busy proving we have something of value to offer to society. Consider this the gauntlet dropped and challenge given. How will you respond? 

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