TEXT: John 10:11-15
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 144.
Marcus Dods said, “There is a mutually reciprocal knowledge between Jesus and His sheep. And the existence of this knowledge is the proof that He is the Shepherd.”
Unlike the hireling which we spoke of yesterday, the Good Shepherd knows, loves, and cares for His sheep. The Good Shepherd does not run away when the sheep are threatened. Instead, He runs toward the trouble knowing that the thieves, robbers and wolves will be merciless as they destroy the sheep. The sheep will seek to flee the wolves, but may get lost along the way. If the sheep are captured by the wolves, they will be “scattered.”
E.A. Blum wrote, “When evening settled over the land of Palestine, danger lurked. In Bible times lions, wolves, jackals, panthers, leopards, bears, and hyenas were common in the countryside. The life of a shepherd could be dangerous as illustrated by David’s fights with at least one lion and one bear in First Samuel. Jacob also experienced the labor and toil of being a faithful shepherd as recorded in the book of Genesis. In the Old Testament books of Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, God is called the Shepherd of His people. Jesus is this to His people, and He came to give His life for their benefit. He is also the ‘Great Shepherd’ and ‘the Chief Shepherd.'”
The Good Shepherd knows the dangers that the sheep face. He knows their strengths and their weaknesses. He knows how much they can endure, and He will not allow them to face more than they can bear. In turn, the sheep also know the Shepherd. They trust him and depend on Him. They know that He cares for them and that He has their best interests at heart.
Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, remains united with the Father. The Father knows the Son, and the Son knows the Father. Jesus said, “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father.” It is through Jesus that the sheep know the Father as well. This relationship with the Father is secured by the sacrifice of the Son. Jesus says, “I lay down my life for the sheep.”
Jesus proved Himself as the Great Shepherd by dying on behalf of the sheep. Although Jesus was put to death by the religious leaders who were false shepherds, the real reason why He went to the cross was not because of His enemies at that time. They were just cogs in the machine of God’s will. The real reason why Jesus went to the cross is because of the sins of those who would be His sheep. He had to die for them so that they could have a relationship with the Father. That is how much the Great Shepherd is willing to sacrifice for you.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Under the old dispensation, the sheep died for the shepherd; but now the Good Shepherd dies for the sheep! Five times in this sermon, Jesus clearly affirmed the sacrificial nature of His death. He did not die as a martyr, killed by men; He died as a substitute, willingly laying down His life for us. The fact that Jesus said that He died ‘for the sheep’ must not be isolated from the rest of biblical teaching about the Cross. He also died for the nation of Israel and for the world. While the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient for the salvation of the world, it is efficient only for those who will believe.”
Will the shed blood of the Great Shepherd be efficient for you? Because He loved you, He died for your sins so that you can be with God and with Him forever. Do you know Him as your Shepherd and your Saviour?
If not, here is how you can get to know him as your saviour Shepherd.
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.