Jesus was talking to his disciples when he said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28) Those first disciples certainly knew Jesus and could recognize his voice after spending so much time with their Lord. However, Jesus had more than those first disciples in mind when he spoke these words. Jesus' disciples of all time can hear and recognize his voice. The place we hear Jesus speaking to us is in his Word.
In his Word we see the dangers of temptation and the wages of sin that we deserve. In his Word, we also see God’s incredible love for us expressed in the sacrifice Jesus offered on the cross of Calvary. In his Word, we hear the promise that we have Jesus as our Good Shepherd who continues to watch over us and guide us as his flock. In his Word, we hear the promise that Jesus has prepared a place for each one of us in heaven. In his Word, Jesus speaks to us so that he can comfort us in times of trouble, lead us to give thanks in times of blessing and direct our lives as God’s children.
It is for this reason that we strive to grow in Jesus and make his Word our constant companion. Through Worship, personal devotions, Sunday school, Bible study, and our Lutheran elementary school we rejoice to hear Jesus speaking to us in his Word. As we stay connected to Christ and his Word, the Holy Spirit will do his work to strengthen our faith and trust in Jesus so that our lives can be built upon the Chief Cornerstone.
It is also for this reason, that we share his love by proclaiming the salvation Christ has won to our families, our congregation, and our community. As we share this love of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will work to change hearts just as God’ promised, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11-12)