14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Jesus made many points during this discourse on the Good Shepherd. As Gentiles we should greatly enjoy this point.
Jesus, the Shepherd, was also the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. We can enjoy this mixed metaphor for the Lamb was shepherding His flock even while on the altar of the Cross. No lamb of nature could ever shepherd other sheep but Jesus did just that. He had to be the sinless lamb to qualify as our sacrifice. He also came to shepherd our souls so that we would hear His voice and be saved. Therefore, He knows his sheep and we know Him.
Then Jesus tells them (and us) that he has other sheep, not of this fold, whom he must bring to hear His voice. Whenever people hear the voice of the Lord Jesus they are saved for only those who will be saved hear His voice. “My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus said. I am thankful that He called me one of His sheep who heard His voice and came in repentance to His call.
I am also thankful that the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, called me from the Gentile flock. I am not of the fold of the people to whom he was talking that day. No, I am of the “other sheep which are not of this fold.” Yet, Jesus said that he must bring me to hear His voice that I may be a part of the “one flock and the one shepherd.” How marvelous is God’s grace and how unsearchable are His ways. God loves all of His creation, not just the people of Israel. Paul calls us “spiritual Israel” and “the sons of Abraham by faith.” Peter said that we all are “chosen by God and precious.”
We, born in God’s image, are loved by our Creator. He who designed eternal salvation did so to reach all people of all races and all times not just the Jews in Jesus’ day. When we read John 3:16 we place our names in the “whosoever will.” In Romans 10:13, again we place our names in the “whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” Jesus gave us this glorious option when He said, “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” Rejoice today in the call of the Good Shepherd on your life and pray that others will hear His voice and be saved with us.
The funeral for Micah Schmidt will be this Saturday at our church. The wake will be from 10:00-12:00 with the funeral at 12:00. Continue to keep Nancy and her family in your prayers. They are driving back from Denver tomorrow. I would like to provide some finger food and snacks for the family at the church during the wake. If you could bring something please let me know.
Tonight is our prayer meeting, kids club and youth group. Join us for prayer as there is much to pray for. I would love to see more or our members joining us for prayer. We are a needy people and God honors the prayers of His people.
Pray for the mess that our world is in. There just does not seem to be any good news anywhere. We are definitely reaping the results of years of rejecting God. Pray for people to turn from their sin and to come humbly to the only God who can hear and save.
Have a great day in the Lord,