Thursday Morning: 07 Feb 2019 – John 10:22-42 ~ I belong to Jesus!

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 10:22-42 (NLT)

Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God

It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus.
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Morning Reflection:

Safe and secure from all alarm.
(Leaning on the Everlasting Arms)

When we declare that we belong to Jesus, we are declaring our faith and trust in Jesus to keep us safe and secure. And in today’s reading, Jesus guarantees just that – a promise backed up by God’s power and authority. How can he make such a claim?

Jesus explains –

“The Father and I are one.” – John 10:30

How does Jesus support his claim?

+ When Jesus speaks, God is speaking. The Gospel of John, begins with the premise that Jesus, the Word of God “was God.” (John 1:1)

+ When Jesus calls those the Father has given him to follow him, they believe, belong, and listen to him. He knows them, and they know him – because they are born again by the Spirit of God. (John 10:25-29; John 3:6)

+ When Jesus performs a sign or wonder (good work), it’s proof that the power of God is at work in him. (John 10:32, 37-38)

+ When Jesus declares himself to be “the Son of God,” he’s declaring his unity with the Father. (John 10:38)

So how did the crowd respond?

“Once again they tried to arrest him…” – John 10:39a
“And [later]many followed him.” – John 10:42

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you believe and belong to Jesus? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that you have eternal life? How sure are you? Please explain.
  • If you were to wear a shirt that said “I belong to Jesus,” how would that change your life? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Thank you for calling me into your fold through faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, I belong to Jesus. Keep me safe and secure in his care and under your protection – now and forever – that I may walk in your way and glorify your name. Amen.
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“Belong To You” – Iron Bell Music

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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