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Reflection on John 10: We Are His Sheep

posted Jan 16, 2015, 3:12 PM by solomon yang

When I was in seminary, I had the privilege of taking a class with R.C. Sproul. He was teaching a special elective during the winter session, and I was so thrilled to be in that class. You see, R.C. Sproul was a hero of mine. His books introduced me to the reformed faith when I was in college. And God used his writing to mold and shaped me through those formative years.

So there I was, sitting through the class, partly starstruck and partly intimidated. But one day I decided to approach him and ask for his signature on one of my books. I know. A dorky move. But hey, we’re talking about R.C. Sproul here! And I still remember that encounter vividly. I sheepishly asked him for his autograph. And you know what he said? “Sure thing. It’s Solomon, right?”

At that moment, I felt so special. R.C. Sproul knew me by name! Nevermind that he probably had to go through the class roster with all of our names each day of the class. R.C. Sproul knew my name! That was so honoring and humbling. Have you ever felt that way? When someone special knew you by your name?

Well, Jesus the Good Shepherd says He calls His sheep by name (10:3). And He says He knows His sheep (10:14). Ponder on that. The God of the universe knows you by name! Not only does He know us, He also cares for us. He is so committed to us He says, “I lay down my life for the sheep” (10:15). And on the cross, He did exactly that. Such grace is so honoring and humbling, isn’t it?

I’m reminded of a song we sing together at church…

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth

Would care to know my name

Would care to feel my hurt?

Who am I, that the bright and morning star

Would choose to light the way

For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am

But because of what you've done

Not because of what I've done

But because of who you are

I am a flower quickly fading

Here today and gone tomorrow

A wave tossed in the ocean

A vapor in the wind

Still you hear me when I'm calling

Lord, you catch me when I'm falling

And you told me who I am

I am Yours, I am Yours