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John 10: 22-30

Look at My Work

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John 10: 22-30

Look at My Work

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Label maker, if available; other types of pre-made labels; cans, bottles, or boxes that have labels attached.

Have you had a chance to use a label maker? It’s pretty cool. You dial in the letters needed to spell a certain word and the word is imprinted onto a label with a sticky back. (Demonstrate.) The label may be put on boxes, cans, bottles, shelves or drawers. What a good way to organize your crayons, pencils, papers, nuts, bolts, thread, ribbons. You will know right where an item is when you need it.

Here are other examples of labels. We know this can contains “tomatoes” because that’s what is printed on the label. Here is a box marked “soap.” The label on this sack reads “whole wheat bread.” As we look at the label on this container we can tell it holds “nails.” And, this jar contains “blackberry jam;” check out the label.

Labels help us identify things, easily and plainly. When Jesus was in Jerusalem, walking in the temple, Jews gathered around him and said, “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (10:24). The people wanted to put a label on Jesus, but Jesus answered,“The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me” (10:25).

Jesus wanted the people to think about the miracles they had seen him perform and then decide who he was. This was his way of telling the people that he didn’t need to be labeled because they had seen the work he had done and the miracles he performed and that could only come from God.

We continue to see God’s work today in the miracles of nature and in people whose lives are changed by God’s love.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan