“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11 I love the idea of Jesus being our shepherd, guarding, protecting, guiding, comforting and keeping. I can especially relate to the parable of the 99 sheep, and the one who strayed. I seem to have always pushed boundaries in my life, in good ways, and in not so good ways. As I look back on my life, I can see many times when Jesus, as my good shepherd, rescued me from danger, and kept me safe within the flock. I have had experiences that prove I am of great value to him and am worth his seeking me when I leave the confines and safety of the pasture. I am so valuable to him that he was willing to lay his life down so that I may live. Although we may be greatly loved by parents, or by a spouse, there is no love greater in life, than that of our Savior and Shepherd, Lord Jesus.
Feb 24, 2018
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 When we are born we become aware of physical light and then we learn of our amazing God's work. Light is all around us no matter where we go. Your home, car, outside, stores, even tot he cell phone or computer that everyone is looking at right now. Rather than looking or seeing it as just a light for you to see your way, in my eyes I am reminded that Jesus is always surrounding us. The light reminds us of His protection in anything that we face. Jesus describes us being like light (John 8:12).Does the moon have its own light? Nope, it's reflecting the light cast off from the sun. Even in night where there is no moon, God created the stars which still gives us light in even the darkest of hours. No matter the lesser of night (Gen 1:16) we will always be aware of the light that is Jesus surrounding us. The world is working to extinguish the flames of this light. It is up to us to allow the flame to rise and shine as bright as it ever did! As far as the OT goes, the terms light and darkness mean the same in both the Old and New Testaments.