John 10

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read   John 10

Commentary.

Believe!

Even after they saw Jesus healing a born blind man to see, Jew still debated on who Jesus was.

Jesus told them about his relationship with the Father, using shepherding image. A Stock farming was major industry of Israel in Jesus’ time, and anybody understood easily what Jesus told. “I am the good shepherd,” “I am the gate for the sheep,” Jesus told. As the good shepherd Jesus lay down his life to give life for the sheep. Three-fold relationship of the sheep to the shepherd is to know him, to listen to him, and follow him.

Jesus taught at the temple who he was during the Feast of Dedication, called Hanukkah, eight days of Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Jesus revealed himself, “I and the Father are one,” “the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”  Jews responded with saying blasphemy. Jesus called them to believe by what the Scripture said about him, and by miracles he did. Many people believed by what John, who baptized at Jordan river, said about Jesus was true.

Jesus came that you may have life (John 10:10).

Believe in him!

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Meditate with singing, “Open My Eyes, that I may see.”
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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