Identity in Christ is a two-way relationship; you in Him, and Him in you; the mystery of the Gospel.
John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Are you one of His sheep? That means you have been born again. You are not one of His sheep simply because you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Even devils “believe” that “and tremble.” At one point in the Scriptures when Father spoke over Jesus, many heard a sound, but not all heard it as the voice of God. In fact, some thought it thundered, while others thought an angel had spoken. These observations are offered to point out that fact that when God speaks, not everyone understands and knows who has spoken. It’s a matter of relationship. If Jesus is NOT your Lord, you won’t know His voice. If Jesus IS your Lord, you will know His voice. And even IF He IS your Lord, obedience is still a matter of your own choosing. Remember, Jesus is your Lord, NOT your taskmaster.
The second observation in our Text for Today is that when Jesus is your Lord, HE KNOWS YOU. This is NOT a casual awareness, such as being asked if you know who the American President is. I know who he is, but I do NOT personally KNOW the President of the United States. In the case of our Text for Today, Jesus KNOWS those who belong to HIM in a very personal and intimate way. They have been born again of the incorruptible seed of His Word, washed in His blood, and made ONE with Him as a part of His body. In a very simply way of expressing it, I could say, “I see you hand and I know you have fingers. But I KNOW my fingers. They are connected to me. I feel them when they are hot or cold. What they feel tells me to a certain degree what they are touching or holding, for they are MY fingers.” In that sense of the Word, Jesus KNOWS those who belong to Him, who are part of His body.
And the third observation may be, in some ways, a bit subtler. Look at our Text for Today once again. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Note closely the final statement. “They follow Me.” Don’t misunderstand my statement. One can be a follower of a follower of Christ, and not be a follower of Christ. Yes, in the body of Christ, we have leaders, who like the Apostle Paul could say, “Follow (imitate) me as I follow (imitate) Christ.” But in the final analysis, while someone may follow me as I follow Christ, if they belong to Jesus, they are, in fact, following the Lord. Keep in mind that while someone you know who is older, wider, more knowledgeable than you in Jesus may be a model for you, if Jesus is your Lord, you are, in truth, following Jesus. Follow Him and finish your second mile.
Manna for Today – John 10:22-42; John 12:29