Does God Really Love Me?
In John chapter 10, Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and Jews about being a shepherd. The term “Shepherd” has only been given to God the Father up until now but Jesus is telling them that He is the “Good Shepherd.” They didn’t understand all that He was saying to them and so He began to explain His position as the good shepherd.
Jesus makes three declarations to the crowd standing before Him. First, He says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Here, He declares His love for His sheep.) He then tells them that He has other sheep that are not of this fold. He must bring them also, and they will listen to his voice so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. (The other sheep means you and me, Gentiles outside of Israel.) In John 10:17-18, Jesus proclaims His love once more. He speaks of the Father’s love for Him because Jesus will lay down His life that He may take it up again. No one takes it from Him, but He will lay it down of His own accord. Jesus speaks of the authority He has to lay down His life, and the authority He has to take it up again which He received from His Father.
The Jews were divided among themselves after hearing Jesus express these words. They thought He may have a demon in Him and be insane. They began to question the others by saying, “Why are you listening to Him?” Many of them said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” (This statement was referring to John 9 where Jesus healed the man born blind).
Jesus does love you! He willingly laid down His life that mankind may be saved. When we believe in His sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection and repent, we have the gracious gift of eternal life.
Lord, I know you love me.