4th Sunday of Easter – Listen to My Voice
A thankful good Sunday morning,
Earlier in the passage chapter ten of John’s gospel, Jesus said “I am the gate for the sheep.” Now he says “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11) So, which is it?
Well, are you an offspring or a parent? Are you a sibling or a neighbor? We’ve all got multiple roles to play. Jesus is searching for images that will make sense to us, that will connect with us. We need access and acceptance. Jesus is the door, the entrance, the way into an experience of love and transformation. We need guidance. Jesus is the one who leads us.
If you are one of His sheep, then He is speaking to you and you are hearing His voice! The problem is that we have not learned how to recognize His voice and differentiate it from all of the other voices that bombard our hearts and minds.
God encourages us to go straight to the source. The words recorded in the Bible come directly from the mouth of God (2 Timothy 3:16), so you can be sure he’s talking.
In fact, as you spend more time in the Bible, you’ll recognize his voice on those pages even more. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28).
Pause to consider the beauty of this picture. Sheep are helpless. They get easily lost. It’s not uncommon for wandering sheep to climb down the edge of a cliff in search of grass and get into a situation they cannot climb out of. Sheep are completely dependent on their shepherd.
Yet, sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd. He knows them each personally. He cares for them each day. At times, he has rescued them and carried them home on his shoulders. They trust him and listen to his voice because of the love he has already shown.
Shhhhh… hear your Shepherd’s voice.
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison