For some reason…… there is this illusion that Pastors are representatives of God….. appointed by God…… in order to tell us the truth about God.
But the fact remains…… the truth about God….. came through “one person”.
1 “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THE MAN WHO DOES NOT ENTER THE SHEEP PEN BY THE GATE, BUT CLIMBS IN BY SOME OTHER WAY, IS A THEIF AND A ROBBER.
2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and HIS SHEEP FOLLOW HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HIS VOICE.
5 BUT THEY WILL NEVER FOLLOW A STRANGER; IN FACT, THEY WILL RUN AWAY FROM HIM BECAUSE THEY DO NOT RECOGNISE A STRANGER’S VOICE.”
You cannot know God through any other means.
You cannot go through the window…… instead of going through the door.
What we fail to see is that Paul presents us with a window….. through his concept of salvation which only requires you to have faith in your heart and confess with your mouth.
But you can never get to God through the window.
You can only get to him through the door.
6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I AM THE GATE FOR THE SHEEP.
8 ALL WHO CAME BEFORE ME WERE THEIVES AND ROBBERS, BUT THE SHEEP DID NOT LISTEN TO THEM.
9 I AM THE GATE; WHOEVER ENTERS THROUGH ME WILL BE SAVED. HE WILL COME IN AND GO OUT, AND FIND PASTURES.
If Jesus is indeed the gate……. Then any message outside of what he preaches is a lie.
There is no middle ground.
He is either the truth….. or he isn’t.
Noone that came before him knew the truth…… which is the reason why he had to come in the first place….. so that he could make the truth known.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL.
11 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.
12 THE HIRED HAND IS NOT THE SHEPHERD WHO OWNS THE SHEEP. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 THE MAN RUNS AWAY BECAUSE HE IS A HIRED HAND AND CARES NOTHING FOR THE SHEEP.
Please note…… If Jesus is the “good shepherd”….. all other shepherds must be bad ones.
Its not such a mystery why it was pastors that killed Jesus…… because by implication….. Jesus came and revealed that they did not know the truth.
A pastor is in essence a “hired hand”……. caring for little more than the prestige associated with his position.
We all think we know an exception….. but in truth….. there is no exception.
There is the good shepherd….. and there are bad ones.
The emphasis needs to be correctly positioned….. there is only “one” good shepherd.
14 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I KNOW MY SHEEP AND MY SHEEP KNOW ME–
15 JUST AS THE FATHER KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THE FATHER—AND I LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.
16 I HAVE OTHER SHEEP THAT ARE NOT OF THIS SHEEP PEN. I MUST BRING THEM ALSO. THEY TOO WILL LISTEN TO MY VOICE, AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD.
17 THE REASON MY FATHER LOVES ME IS THAT I LAY DOWN MY LIFE—ONLY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN.
18 NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD. I HAVE AUTHORITY TO LAY IT DOWN AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN. THIS COMMAND I RECEIVED FROM MY FATHER.”
Jesus laid down his life in heaven…… in order to reveal the truth to us.
His sheep….. are those that “listen” to his words and “apply” what he teaches.
There is only “one flock”.
That one flock are those that listen and obey the words of Christ.
Christianity presents numerous flocks……. Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherins, Catholics and the list goes on.
All these numerous flocks have different beliefs and different shepherds.
But there is only “one flock” and “one good shepherd”.
All the others are counterfeit.
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. IN FACT, FOR THIS REASON I WAS BORN, AND FOR THIS I CAME INTO THE WORLD, TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH. EVERYONE ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH LISTENS TO ME.”
If you were ever confused…… now is the time to get rid of the confusion.
Why was Jesus born?
Jesus was not born to die for our sins.
Jesus was born “so that he could let us know the truth”.
Like he said……
If you are on the side of truth…… you will listen to what he says.
There is no middle ground.
You’re either on his side….. or you’re on someone else’s.
24 “THEREFORE EVERYONE WHO HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE, AND ACTS UPON THEM, MAY BE COMPARED TO A WISE MAN, WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE ROCK.
25 “AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, AND THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW, AND BURST AGAINST THAT HOUSE; AND YET IT DID NOT FALL, FOR IT HAD BEEN FOUNDED UPON THE ROCK.
26 “AND EVERYONE WHO HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE, AND DOES NOT ACT UPON THEM, WILL BE LIKE A FOOLISH MAN, WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE SAND
27 “AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, AND THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW, AND BURST AGAINST THAT HOUSE; AND IT FELL, AND GREAT WAS ITS FALL.”
Its about time we inspected the foundation of our beliefs.
Otherwise…..falling will be inevitable.
To be continued…..