Have you noticed it?
Have you noticed that every time we find out more about who Jesus is that we also find out why He came?
Have you noticed that you can’t really separate the two?
Have you noticed that Jesus came to earth because of who He is?
Jesus is the Christ so He came to take away the sins of the world.
Jesus is the Great Physician so He came to heal.
Jesus is the Word so He came to speak truth.
Jesus is the Son of God so He came to do God’s will.
Jesus is the Bread of Life so He came to feed the hungry.
We can’t separate who He is from why He came, and in today’s chapters (John 9 & 10) it is no different.
Jesus is the Light!
In verse 5 of John 9, Jesus says, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. “ This is not the first time that we have read this statement in this book. John points it out quite frequently that Jesus is the Light. But in this chapter we are given a glimpse into why He is the Light, why He came to be the Light.
In this chapter, Jesus literally became Light to one man. This man had literally lived in darkness from the moment of his birth. He was blind. Jesus took away the darkness for this man, and this man was now able to walk in the light. He could SEE!
I did an experiment once when I was in college for a class on working with exceptional children. In this experiment, I pretended to be blind for a day. I covered my eyes with cotton and then put sunglasses over them so no one would know that I had cotton over my eyes. (Part of the experiment was to garner people’s reactions to the disability.) Can I tell you something? It is scary to be constantly in the dark, to let someone guide you and be your eyes. For people who are born that way, it is all they know so it might not be as scary.
Yet we are all born blind. No, not physically blind, but spiritually blind. Being blind spiritually is all we know until Jesus opens the eyes of our hearts and lets the light in.
Just as Jesus gave the blind man his sight and opened his eyes to the light, Jesus can do that with the eyes of our hearts if we ask Him to.
That’s one of the reasons why He came to open the eyes of our hearts.
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39 ESV)
Jesus is the Good Shepherd!
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” John 10:14
Being a shepherd is one of the oldest occupations in the world. The duty of the shepherd is to keep the flock together and to protect it. Much of the time in Biblical periods shepherds would come together and care for their flocks together, and at night shepherds would sleep in the sheepfold by the door to protect the sheep. The shepherd spends so much time with the sheep that He knows each of them well and they know him too. They know him so well that when he speaks they come running.
In John 10, Jesus is telling the Jews that He is the Good Shepherd and that He has come to call His sheep to the fold. He tells them that if they were part of His flock then they would know and recognize His voice and believe that He is who He is claiming to be.
Do you believe? Are you a part of His flock? Do you hear and recognize His voice? If not, click here to send me a message I would gladly share with you how to become follower of Jesus.