I have other sheep too who are not of this sheepfold, I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice and there will be one flock with one Shepherd. John 10:16
When someone calls our name, even in a crowd we automatically stop and look to see why. Jesus is telling his disciples that they are not the only ones. He has people of every kind who will also be his sheep. Our unifying factor is not our race, language or family background. What makes us all one is that we have one Shepherd.
Maybe one reason that our churches are struggling to grow is that we haven’t yet gotten Jesus message. Can it be that Sunday morning at 11 AM is the most segregated hour of the week? Jesus says one flock with one Shepherd. Can you hear Him now?
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29
Innocent, meek, and vulnerable are just some of ways Jesus came as the Lamb. He quietly allowed the terrible crucifixion on Calvary. He gently trusted his mother’s care to John. He forgave while still suffering, trusting that we would one day understand just a tiny portion of his gift and receive what He was offering. Behold… look carefully… keep your eyes on Him. He gives to us forgiveness and eternal life. All that Jesus takes from us is our sin!
I was so excited to see the recent coverage of the ministry of Dr. Edmeia Williams in CBN news. I first met Sister Edmeia when she came to our church to share about her ministry in Rio called The House of Martha and Mary. Her ministry began after the death of her husband when she vowed to devote the remainder of her days to God’s work . She has been working now over twenty years in one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro. If you have the opportunity to travel to Rio and God puts it on your heart to visit the ministry it will touch your heart and encourage you to do great things for God. Most of the coverage in the past of this great work has been in Portuguese so I am so privileged to share this report with my followers today. Be blessed – be challenged and get to know something of the real Brazil that stays behind once the Olympic games have ended. You can follow the link below to the CBN report or go yourself to CBN news world coverage to see the video.
CBN Report on House of Martha and Maria
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat Mark 6:31
It’s funny the places where Jesus can take us out to dinner. The side of a Samaritan well, a beach by the sea of Galilee and a desolate region miles from the nearest village, all were chosen by our master as a perfect place to dine.
Desolate regions, beaches and wells are all places outside of our GPS satellite reception. We aren’t sure why we are there at first, but God makes His appointments according to His own rule-book. He sees from far away when we are dangerously closing in on selfishness, depression or exhaustion. The invitations which He sends out to us individually each carry the design of the universe creator and no two are alike.
Maybe and most of all God chooses those places so we can come to the end of ourselves, begin to see the needs of others and discover Him as the master chef, who has set us a table in the wilderness.
They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? Psalm 78:19
In Jesus hands that day in Mark’s gospel with His disciples in the wilderness, that question was answered 5000 times: Yes He can! Yes He can! Yes He can!