“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:14–15, NAS95)
I’ve poured over this passage numerous times, probably more than I can count in my 40 years with Jesus. I’m usually struck by “the good shepherd” or “I lay down my life” or even “My voice” (not in the verse cited above, but in the context). Yet today, in step with my reading plan, I hovered over this text and listened. What I heard surprised me.
Jesus compares my knowing Him to the way He knows the Father and the Father knows Him. That comparison gave me deep pause. I had to stop, fully stop, and open my ears. God had already primed my readiness to listen through the ongoing conversation He’s pursuing with me. So, I stopped. I heard an incredible level of knowability in these words. I heard, “experience Jesus” (as I would anyone else), responsiveness to His recognizable interaction with me, His desire for me to know Him and for that to masterfully imprint my soul. Yet beyond this, His comparison of my knowing Him to His knowing the Father boggled my mind.
Yes, I deeply desire to believe Jesus. In fact, I need to believe Jesus at that level, that this possibility truly exists, not only for me, but for anyone coming to Jesus. Jesus shows me Himself and at the same time reveals the Father. In that mix, the knowing of Him can mark my heart with indelible pictures of God’s goodness, experienced and enriching my life. Pictures reflecting the truth, beauty and goodness of His interaction with me that form memories of life with Him and the Trinity (John 17:20-26) transform my way of life.
To say the least, I was surprised by how God caught my attention today and how our conversation evolved. Even more, the pleasure I felt at His pointing this out, made this a very memorable moment with Him. Now I want to see what all that means in the future He’s providing. It’s exciting. Do you want to join me?
Warmly in Christ,
“Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, from the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.” (Isaiah 48:16, NAS95)
How do you respond to Jesus’ comparison above, indicating the depths of His desire for you to know Him in your experience more fully than almost anyone can imagine?
What sort of things has God been interacting with you about? How is that shaping your soul?