Cared For

They know their Master’s voice
– that voice has safely led
each one aware he knows their name,
and by him they are fed,

They follow at his call,
and heed his every word,
they know he knows the way ahead,
and all their prayers are heard.

He glances round the stars,
far mightier is he,
and yet he cares for foolish sheep
and comforts lovingly.
Tune: SM

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
John  10:14

Lasting Light

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world”
Matthew 5:14,16”You are the light of the world … let your light shine before men”

So many think enlightenment
will come with education.
They’re itching for excitement
but often find confusion
– in casting off the truth revealed
for novelty unproven
that to the curious has appealed –
delivering but depression.

Christ said he is the needed Light
for everyone’s direction,
and when he’s shone into our night
we give a pale reflection;
so to his followers he spoke
they must the world enlighten,
display his way to stumbling folk
with winsomeness invite them.

Tune: 87 87D iambic eg Bishopgarth (tune of ‘For My sake and the gospel’s go)
or 87 87 iambic eg Dominus Regit me (tune of ‘The King of love my Shepherd is)

Why did he say … he is the true Vine? (6)

Each branch
that’s linked and connected
– nourishment flows,
preserved and protected,
fruitfully grows
– pruned to get strong,
remain and live long,
eternally part of the Vine,
receiving divine
life from the Lord,
heeding his Word.

Though some may appear
a part of the Vine,
they show no divine
fruit, and don’t pray,
they are but dead wood,
receiving no food,
unattached, fall away,
no life from the Lord –
no love for his Word.
John 15:1-8

Why did he say … he is the Truth? (5)

He didn’t mean:
“You have your truth, and I have mine”
“Whatever you want to call truth is fine.”
No, truth is facts and absolute,
it’s things that are beyond dispute,
for we don’t know the truth full well
but he who made it all can tell,
and is omniscient, himself he’s true
and can be Guide to me and you.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Why did he say … he is the Door? (3)

The door to the fold, safety, security,
and to pasture, soul nourishment,
support and encouragement:
no life cramping, restricting,
damping, constricting.
‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture … I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ John 10:9,10 (NKJV)

Why did he say … he is the Light? (1)

Jesus said,
‘I am the Light of the world’ –
when the blinds on your vision are furled
that Light can enlighten perception and puzzles –
and points to its source in the glory that dazzles –
the glory of God in his power and his purity,
his wisdom and love that perceives all with clarity.

But some want to keep blinds opaque all unfurled –
mistakenly think that the Light of the world
will trick them, make miserable, jollity hurled
far away – but whoever lets in this true Light
progresses with joy through this troublesome night.

Why did he say … he is the Bread? (2)

Our bodies need their fuel food
to grow and mend, survive, feel good,
but souls will not live well for ever
unless they too are fed with Bread
that gives eternal life, sustains,
and Jesus made momentous claims:
divine, he’d take the weight of sin,
and rise to give us life in Him
– he is himself this Living Bread,
but scorners, to this life are dead.