Wednesday, May 03, 2006

3 story high Jesus

So Jesus had this funny way of relating to people... he'd always talk to his friends (and enemies) in code and metaphor, kind of like a puzzle for others to figure out... point and case -
John 10:

John 10
The Shepherd and His Flock 1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. (huh?)

7Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

We apparently are suposed to respond when we hear his voice... If Jesus talks in person in a way that is shrouded we can probably expect that Jesus will speak more shrouded now that we can't see him...

Most of the time, Jesus speaks to me through a combo of thoughts that come into my head (that clearly don't follow my own thought pattern), scripture as confirmation from God, and through my two faithful friends - Susan and Laura - as I share with them what God might me leading me to, they pray and let me know what they think. It seems to work out pretty well...oh, and then there's the hymn that is sung just prior to major movement of God in my life..."Here I am Lord"...I'd say 45% of the time that I've sung that song my life changes directions within the month. Wierd, huh?

How have you heard Jesus' voice? Ask someone or write a comment... it's an amazing to hear about. Posted by Picasa