As I was listening to a sermon this morning I giggled. The pastor who was speaking began to read from John 10:7 in the NIV... Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you‘, ... that is all that I heard when I began to giggle and say to myself ‘Verily, verily I say unto you’. The King James burst forth from my spirit with a giggle at the phrasing.
Verily. It’s an odd little word; verily, and yet the ‘verilies’ that are spoken by Jesus are numerous. There are the ‘Verily, I say unto you’ and then there are the ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you’. As the day progressed, I began to wonder just what this word ‘verily’ meant. Verily is defined as ‘in truth or certainly, truly and in a completely honest way’. Verily is classified as an adverb; albeit an archaic adverb, but an adverb nonetheless. We know that Jesus chooses His words carefully, so that means that we also know He means something in particular. So what is Jesus saying to us when He uses this word?
Verily. Jesus is telling us that He is being completely up front and honest with us and that we better listen, to pay attention. When Jesus repeats Himself He is telling us to listen closely AND to pay attention, because this is important. Really, really important. We need to get this AND to understand it.
“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”
John 10:7 KJV
“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
John 10:7 NIV
“so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.“
John 10:7 NLT
“So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep.”
John 10:7 MSG
For those of us who are wondering...we are the sheep. Jesus is talking to us, His sheep, everyday and it’s up to us to listen. Verily I say unto you...listen closely to Him. Jesus, our Good Shepher, came so that we could have and enjoy life, have it in abundance and until it overflows. Verily, verily...Jesus is the gate. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Verily!