“Others said, ‘These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?’”
Those struggling to determine if Jesus is truly the Son of God and Savior of man, are influenced by both His words, and the lives of those who believe in Him. Certainly, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, but the believer is the light of the world, casting light upon the Gospel of God. Jesus exhorts us to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
It has been my experience that people are most often drawn to the Lord by the lives of others. One family member, co-worker, or friend influences another, and that influence creates a willingness to listen to the Word of God. The more we allow Jesus to impact our life, the greater influence we will have on lives around us. Many of the great works Jesus did in the lives of individuals, were the result of their exercising extreme faith. They believed God to do the impossible in their lives, and the result was impossible things were accomplished. Maybe today it is time to trust that God will do in you what cannot be done any other way. Perhaps you have been struggling with drinking, smoking, pornography, gossip, or some other sin that is holding you back. If that is the case, why not exercise extreme faith; trust God to help you overcome. Not only will you find victory in your personal life, but you will have a testimony that will draw others to the Words of Christ, the very Words that are capable of saving the soul.
Let’s live out loud!
Question for John 10
- Jesus talks extensively about shepherding and sheep in this chapter. What terms does He use to describe those who are not the shepherd? (verses 1, 5, 12)
- What things does the shepherd do for the sheep?
- How do sheep respond to their shepherd?
- Jesus refers to Himself as the door of the sheep in verses 7 and 9. Compare this with John 14:6.
- According to verse 10, why did Jesus come? What is the difference between receiving life and receiving it abundantly?
- In verse 11, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd. Read Psalm 23. Who is Jesus claiming to be?
- What are some differences between a shepherd and a hireling?
- Note every time in the passage that the Father is mentioned. What is the relationship between the Father and the Son like?
- What things has the Father done? What things does the Son do?