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Bible Ballistics: Vol. 9 No.23 What Call Do You Hear???

 

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.

16 And other sheep I have,

which are not of this fold:

them also I must bring,

and they shall hear my voice;

and there shall be one fold,

and one shepherd……

25 Jesus answered them, I told you,

and ye believed not:

the works that I do in my Father’s name,

they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not,

because ye are not of my sheep,

as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life;

and they shall never perish,

neither shall any man pluck them

out of my hand.

29 My Father,

which gave them me,

is greater than all;

and no man is able to pluck them

out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.”     Portions of John 10:14-30

Jesus declared that He was:

the good shepherd,

and know my sheep,

and am known of mine”!

This brings several things to mind; that it is all about The shepherd, that The Shepherd IS Jesus, that He is the “good” shepherd, and as the shepherd, HE knows HIS sheep, and He IS known of HIS own sheep. Jesus contrasts those who are HIS sheep and those who are not, and He makes it clear that those who “believe not” are not HIS sheep. Earlier in chapter 10, Jesus reveals how we become HIS sheep.

I am the door:

by me if any man enter in,

he shall be saved,

and shall go in and out,

and find pasture. 

10 The thief cometh not,

but for to steal,

and to kill,

and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd:

the good shepherd giveth his life

for the sheep.”     John 10:9-11

Jesus reminds of this just before He went to His death.

Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way,

the truth,

and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.” John 14:6

Jesus makes it clear that HE is the only way to God, knowing that He was about to lay down “his life for the sheep”. It’s why Jesus came, and why He is The Only Way To God The Father! Jesus came as the sacrifice for sin, and we can only come to God through His sacrifice for sin.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Jesus came to pay for sin, and to give us abundant life—here and now, and in the then and there!

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

Yet we must remember that God always initiates salvation. When we come to Him, it’s always in response to His call—it’s never our idea.

We love him, because he first loved us.”    1 John 4:19

No man can come to me,

except the Father

which hath sent me

draw him:

and I will raise him up

at the last day.” John 6:44

Have you heard the call of God to your heart? Have you responded? If you have come to Jesus in repentance and faith, are you still tuning in to His voice?

My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me

Our calling is to follow Him.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples,

If any man will come after me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life

shall lose it:

and whosoever will lose his life

for my sake

shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited,

if he shall gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?

or what shall a man give

in exchange for his soul?”   Luke 9:23-25

To truly follow Jesus, He calls us to:

deny ourself–

take up our cross–

and follow Jesus–

We must determine if we are willing to “denyself, to “take up” our own cross, each day, and “followJesus! What are we doing with our day? Today is all we have and as Jesus said above, we cannot save our own life—only Jesus saves. If we try to save ourselves, we will loose our life and our soul, just as Jesus Himself said:

For what is a man profited,

if he shall gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?

or what shall a man give

in exchange for his soul?

And just as HE declared: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” Who’s call are you heading? Who are you following?