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June 19, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | June 19

“Know” Substitutes


“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15.


Jesus Christ did reveal some aspects of how His Father and Son relationship worked with His Dad.  He drew the analogy to the familiarity and relationship a shepherd has with his sheep.  The sheep knew the voice, body language, whistle, and call of their shepherd.  We see the dynamic of the exclusivity of their connection to him.  Just as the sheep share a unique awareness and knowledge of their shepherd, Jesus possesses that kind of rare connection with the Father.

Surrogate shepherds didn’t work because the familiarity and comfort the sheep had with their true leader, provider, and protector was polluted by a strange voice.  Astonishingly the Good Shepherd laid down His life for His sheep to give you a chance for an intimate connection.

The idea of sharing your dad with a newly adopted sibling can be a difficult adjustment for some children. There’s a fear that the special love for the natural children will somehow be diminished.  But the vast majority of children freely and willingly share their daddy with their newly adopted family member.  You could have been an adoptive threat to the relationship between the Jesus and the Father.  But thank God Jesus didn’t feel that way. In fact, his desire is for you to experience the exact fullness of relationship with the Father that the original and only Son possesses. John 10:14-15 shows us that Jesus wants with us what He has with the Father.

Father, thank you for giving me another insight into your Love for me.


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