2nd September 2020

No Translation Needed

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
John 10:14-16 (ESV)

During spring in the early morning I take a walk down the end of the lane where I live. I walk down and cross the intersecting road to watch the new lambs in the field. Since the invention of spray paint so dear to farmers, all the mothers and babies are numbered. I spot which lamb or lambs belong to which mother, whether she has them with her, or perhaps she’s wandered away and her new ones are looking for her.

One day I went to inspect them and it seemed like half the flock started baaing and ran up towards me, looking expectant. Who did they think I was? I kept telling them ‘no’ but they took no notice and continued to look at me and bleat.

The trouble was I didn’t speak ‘sheep’. They didn’t speak ‘human’ either. You can get books to help to speak ‘dog’ or ‘cat’, but as far as I know there’s no publication that advises you how to communicate with sheep. I kept trying to convey that I wasn’t whoever they thought I was, and they continued to stare at me and bleat. So I turned and walked away, and seeing that I had turned my back on them, they returned to grazing and gambolling.

There’s no such problem when it comes to a relationship with Jesus.  John tells us that we know the shepherd’s voice and he knows ours. He speaks ‘sheep’. He was one. He is the Lamb of God, the Lamb who was sacrificed for us and is now the resurrected, ascended great Shepherd of the sheep, and knows all about us.

I was stymied when it came to understanding what those sheep were on about, but Jesus is not. He doesn’t need a translator. He knows us, hears us and understands us.

Great Shepherd, you know all about us. You know our needs, our challenges, our infirmities, and you know when we are lost and you come and rescue us. May we hear you more clearly and respond by following you for ever.

Study by Hilary Buck


About the Author:
Hilary Buck is an Elder and pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email:  lewes@gracecom.church

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