John 10:6 Have You Heard the Voice of Jesus?

John 10:6 (KJV)
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

One should not miss the irony of the passage. Jesus had just said that strangers would not follow because they do not know the shepherd’s voice. “But they understood not….”

He explained himself more thoroughly and plainly, but the Pharisees, for the most part, never got it. (Excluding probably Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.)

One of those things Christians must be so cautious of is allowing ourselves to grow frustrated that “strangers” do not recognize the voice of the Lord. There may be some who follow along with the flock. Some may try to get the benefits without the faith, but only those who know the shepherd, Jesus, recognize His voice and follow Him.

We can explain and should explain our faith’s position as clearly as possible. But we must not grow disillusioned, discouraged, or downtrodden when the stranger does not get it.

They can do no other; they’ve not heard the same voice we have.

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John 10:6 Have You Heard the Voice of Jesus?

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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