Resistance

 

Daily Reform, John 10:11-18

From the Reformer

From the extraordinary affection which he bears towards the sheep, he shows how truly he acts towards them as a shepherd; for he is so anxious about their salvation, that he does not even spare his own life. Hence it follows, that they who reject the guardianship of so kind and amiable a shepherd are exceedingly ungrateful, and deserve a hundred deaths, and are exposed to every kind of harm. The remark of Augustine is exceedingly just, that this passage informs us what we ought to desire, what we ought to avoid, and what we ought to endure…

—John Calvin, Commentary on John

Pulling It Together

Do you truly resist? Have you bowed so low that you have laid down your old life? You have yet to strive so that your blood has been spilled in this struggle against sin (Heb 12:4). Knowing that the Good Shepherd has loved you so much that he willingly gave his life, spilling his own blood—does it help you in this struggle to meditate on such things? Focus on the blood and the One lifted up for your sake. When the time for resistance comes, think of the Shepherd’s blood.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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