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  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jn. 10:27-28

 

Lord Jesus, reading these two verses is like somebody shook up a can of carbonated-grace, then pulled the tab. The contents come out fast, and get all over us. Which, in this case, doesn’t create a big mess, but is a huge mercy. So, what do you want to cover us with, head to toe?

 

  1. We are your sheep—the emphasis is on our “your-ness,” not our “sheepy-ness.” Belonging to you changes everything, Jesus.
  2. You speak to us. We’ll never get the silent treatment from you, Jesus. You communicate and commune with us all the time—by your Word and Spirit. Oh, to listen better.
  3. You know us. In fact, you are the only one who knows us fully and fully loves us. You don’t know us like a riddle to solve, but as a Bride to love.
  4. We follow you. Which means you’re always leading us, Jesus—always near and engaged as our Good Shepherd. You’re not “way us there” pulling for us; you are right here, taking us further in and further up into the wonders of your love.
  5. You give us eternal life. You gave it to us the moment you gave us faith to trust you as our Savior. And until the Day you return, you will continue to expand our understanding and experience of every good thing we have in you.
  6. We will never perish. We will die, but we’ll never perish! Death is now “stingless” for us—in fact, it’s a gain.
  7. We are un-snatch-able from your hand and heart. Hallelujah!!! Jesus, from head to toe, inside and out, inundate us with all this Gospel-goodness. So Very Amen.
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