Today’s chapter is a picture of a Good Shepherd gently gathering His frightened flock again after a devastating blow…
READ JOHN 21 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When the 2007 Foot and Mouth outbreak hit Cumbria and all the livestock had to be incinerated, I learnt something knew. Fell sheep are territorial. Memory is handed down in their DNA from adult to baby, which causes the sheep not to scatter. They know their territory and they graze without fences on the hills that belong to their shepherd.
The Foot and Mouth outbreak was a disaster. Not only did the farmer lose his sheep, but the new sheep, purchased at market, would take three or four generations for territorial instincts to be restored.
Without a shepherd, the sheep will scatter and today’s chapter fulfils yet another ancient prophecy: “‘Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.’”[a]
But today’s chapter is also about a shepherd who did not abandon His sheep.[b] It takes place in the days after Jesus was seen in Jerusalem [v14], and before the promised Holy Spirit came.[c] Before ascending into heaven, Jesus is seen by as many as 500 people on several separate occasions when He came back to life, and He performed many other signs not recorded in this book.[d] The reason seems clear. Yesterday Jesus was restoring peace.[e] Today, He’s restoring purpose.
What’s amazing still, is that Jesus begins to restore direction with instilling purpose into His “right-hand man”. [v15-22] This was the one who was “the rock upon which Jesus would build His church”.[f] But it’s the same person who abandoned Jesus just days earlier and denied three times on oath that he didn’t know who Jesus was.[g]
So when Jesus said that we’re to forgive others seventy-seven times, He gave us the greatest example even to be recorded. After three short years of teaching and training into the King’s service – teaching these hand-picked boys the language and literature of the Kingdom[h]– Jesus entrusted the salvation of the world into the hands of people who couldn’t be depended upon!.…Read More… CLICK on “30 April – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.
THE LORD’S PRAYER: Have you ever wondered what to say to God? This section has four parts and uses the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray.[i]
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Lord, You have been given authority, glory and sovereign power. All nations and peoples of every language worshiped You. Your dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away. Your kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. [Daniel 7:14]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s Grace on the Cook Islands[j]
Your Country: Needs of the poor
Yourself: Wisdom for decisions
Your concerns for today
In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice. In a new day, I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly. [Psalm 5:3]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Lord, help me not to forget Your word of encouragement that addresses me as a father addresses his child, which says, “My son, do not make light of My discipline, and do not lose heart when I rebuke you…” Because You, Lord, discipline the ones You love and You chastise everyone that You accepts as Your son. [Hebrews 12:5-6]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Lord thank-you that it’s in repentance and rest I’ll find Your salvation. In quietness and trust is Your strength – if only I’d accept it. [Isaiah 30:15]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[k] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future
“Whoever has the Son has LIFE; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” [1 John 5:12]
[a] Zechariah 13:7
[b] Zechariah 11:17 (See also John 14:18)
[c] Joel 2:28-29 and Acts 2:17-18
[d] John 20:30
[e] John 20:19,21&26
[f] Matthew 16:18
[g] Matthew 26:72-74
[h] Daniel 1:4b-5
[i] Matthew 6:5-15
[k] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31