I Am the Good Shepherd

Cecil Martens

READ : John 10:11-18 It was a quiet, peaceful setting. The bus stopped on the outskirts of Bethlehem, and we stood there along the side of the road. Looking to the west we saw hills, and on the hills, sheep and shepherds. I will never forget! I thought of Christmas and I remembered the angel’s announcement. I also thought of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. . . .” The Lord Jesus said He is …

I Am the Door

Cecil Martens

READ : John 10:1-10 The Midnight Bandit lost his freedom! For several months he did his work in the darkness of the night. He never damaged property or hurt people. He just looked for homes with unlocked doors. Sometimes he removed a screen from a window. His objective: money. Apparently, he used the light from the open refrigerator to help find purses and billfolds. On his way out he would leave them in the refrigerator! We spent $127 to have …

I Am the Light of the World

Cecil Martens

READ : John 8:12-25 Please read verse 12 again. This is the second of seven “I Ams” of Jesus we will consider. They called her Polly, the parrot. Each evening mother draped a cloth over her cage and said, “Good night, Polly.” Polly responded, “Good night.” In the morning the cloth was lifted off. “Good morning, Polly.” Polly always responded, “Good morning.” One morning it was different. Polly’s response to the light of day was, “Good night.” Let’s try it …

I Am the Bread of Life

Cecil Martens

READ : John 6:35-40 “There ain’t no free lunch!” Normally we expect people to pay. Not so with these people we read about earlier in this chapter. This was a free lunch for 5,000 people! A little later Jesus called attention to Himself, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (v. 35). What bread is to the body, Jesus is to the soul. Jesus, …

Goal . . . Pursue!

Cecil Martens

READ : Luke 9:51-62 Jesus knew where He was going: Jerusalem. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could deter Him from pursuing that goal. Why Jerusalem? To be our Savior. Required: humiliation, suffering, the cross, in Jerusalem. Surrounded by an atmosphere of intolerance and mixed loyalties, Jesus pursued His goal, to do what He knew was the Father’s will. Craig wouldn’t give up! Neither would he settle for mediocrity. Rather, he had a goal: to be the best basketball player he could be. …