Jesus says to His disciples that “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” He says this in John 10:14. This sentence can be terrifying or comforting. For Jesus to know you means that He knows all your faults, all your mistakes, and all the things you do wrong – even the one that only you know about. This is a terrifying concept. But at the same time, for Jesus to know you means that He knows about all the things you go through, all the challenges you face, and all the burdens you carry. That by itself might not be comforting, but a little bit later in John we read about Jesus’ friend Lazarus dying. Jesus’ response initially is to cry (John 11:33-35). Our God knows what you have to go through, He knows the struggles and challenges and burdens you have, and He identifies with them. Jesus understands what you’re going through, in a way that maybe no one else can. And He promises to be with you and do something for you. It might not be to remove the burden immediately, but ultimately, He promises to remove all tears from your eyes and give you eternal life with no suffering, no loss, and no burdens.
Today’s B.I.B.L.E. Takeaways:
Blessings from God
Jesus can deeply understand the suffering we experience and promises to do something about it!
Instructions for Us
In John 11:25 Jesus explains that “whoever believes in [Him], though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in [Him] shall never die.”
In John 11:45-57 we see the beginning of the Passion narrative.
Nothing in these verses strikes me as particularly difficult to deal with.
Honestly, several of the verses from John 10:1-21 are great to remind us about how much Jesus cares for us.
Topics to Pray About:
- Thank God for identifying with us and taking care of us
- Confess to God the times you forget His presence
- Ask for the comfort of God in whatever struggle you’re facing now
In His Service,