Jesus Calls :: Known, Know and Follow


Jesus referred to himself as the good shepherd and his people as the sheep who know him and are known by him (John 10:14) and then he went on to add that “my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27). When Jesus calls, his people hear his voice and he knows them and his people respond by following him. They follow him because they know him. What does it mean to know Jesus? To know Jesus is to believe in him, the chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), which is eternal life (John 17:3).

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and his call today is just as he expressed. He knows his sheep and he calls them. His sheep know him, hear his voice and follow him.

Points to ponder:
Does Jesus, the chief and good Shepherd, know you/me? Do you/I hear the voice of Jesus, the chief Shepherd? Do you/I know him? i.e., Are you/I assured of eternal life? If you/I know him and you/I hear his voice, do you/I respond by FOLLOWING him. Jesus calls – “Follow me”.

John 10:14 , 27-28 (KJV)
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 17:3 (KJV)
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

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Jesus Calls :: Finding


When Jesus called Philip, the Bible records that he found him (John 1:3). Jesus sought out and found Philip before telling him, “Follow me.”

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and his call today to follow him and to be his disciple is very similar. He seeks you and me out and he finds you and me, before he asks us to follow him. Imagine this, that the God of the universe is seeking you to find you as a good shepherd seeks out the sheep that is lost (Luke 15:4).

Points to ponder:
Today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart, but respond to “Follow Jesus Christ” for he seeks you to find you. The question that remains, which demands an answer is, Have you in turn sought Jesus and found him and when you find him, are you willing to follow him, as he has concisely and precisely commanded?

John 1:43 (KJV)
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

Luke 15:2-7 (KJV)
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Jesus Calls :: Precisely


When Jesus called his disciples, he was very precise. When he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, the fishermen, he called them by saying “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19). He was very specific about what he wanted his followers to be – fishers of men.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and his call today is just as precise as it was when he called Simon Peter and Andrew. His call today for you and me is “Follow him” so that he can make us fishers of men.

Points to ponder:
Today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart, but respond to “Follow Jesus Christ” for he has precisely commanded us to be made “fishers of men”, when we follow him.

Matthew 4:18-20 (KJV)
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

Jesus Calls :: Concisely


When Jesus called his disciples, he was very concise, often using just a few words. When he saw Matthew, the tax collector (who was despised by his own people for his profession and deemed a sinner), he concisely commanded “Follow me” (Matthew 9:9). He isn’t garrulous in his call and is very direct. Jesus did not see Matthew for who he was (a sinful tax collector) but who he was going to be (his disciple).

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and his call today is just as direct and concise as it was when he called Matthew, to be his disciple. He does not see us today for who we are, but who we are going to be as his disciple. His call today for you and me is concise – “Follow me” (to be his disciple).

Points to ponder:
Today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart, but respond to “Follow Jesus Christ” for he has concisely commanded – “Follow me.”

Matthew 9:9 (KJV)
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.