The Shepherd and His Flock
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 thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
The Gate to the Father is He
‘I am the Way the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the -Father except through Me.’
If you have the Son you have the Father.
And if you do not have the Son you do not have the Father.
It is not enough to recognize Him as one of the prophets. He is the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Emmanuel-God with us-the Saviour of the World. Of the increase of His peace there shall be no end. Through Him all things were made. He was in the beginning with the Father. He is the express image of the Father.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. In Him all things hold together He is the Preeminent One, The Alpha and the Omega. Before Abraham He was.
Jesus is THE Gate to God, not a gate but the Gate
‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature.
The old has gone and the new has come.
He is the Gate to a New Beginning
He is the Door of the sheep of God
The Gate to eternal Life is He
‘The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus our Lord.’
The Gate to God’s provision is He
‘My God shall supply all your needs
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.’
He is the Gate to protection
‘Yea though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil,
for thou art with me.
He is the Gate to peace with God
‘Therefore being justified in Christ
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
'My peace I give to you not as the world gives give I unto you. Do not let your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.'
He is the Gate to God’s presence
‘For lo I am with you always.
‘I will never leave you nor forsake you until the end of the age.’
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
He is the Gate to joy unspeakable and full of Glory
‘In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore.’
The gate is not religion; it is not a denomination
It is not Mohammed
It is not Guatama Buddha
It is not Hare krishna
It is not Joseph Smith
or Guru Nanak
It is not Miki Nakayaman, Haile Selassie or Bahá'u'lláh
It is not the Virgin Mary.
It is not the Pope.
It is not yoga.
It is not meditation.
It is not in being charitable.
Doing good works, being Baptized, being christened, being a Catholic
It is not in being a Pentecostal; being a Quaker, a member of Potter’s House- TD’s or Harold Warner’s or Pastor Vickery's etc
It is not by being a Baptist, Lutheran, Anglican, Evangelical, Presbyterian; being a menber of the Church of England, JW, or Mormons etc, etc
Jesus is the Good Shepherd Who lays down his life for the sheep. He is unlike the hire man who runs away when the wolf comes round to take some sheep fro its dinner.
You can trust Him all the time. He will finish the work He began in you. He will protect you, provide for you, direct you in the way you should go. You can be sure of His presence.
He said there are other sheep of His who are not yet in the fold . Perhaps you are one of them. Today you have the opportunity to come in from the cold into the fold.
But YOU must be born again
Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. This is a prerequisite (condition) to being a child of God; being the sheep of God. .It is non-negotiable. As many as received Him He gave the right ( the authority) to become children of God…’.You may not speak in tongues and yet go to heaven if you are born again. You must be born of water – the natural birth -and then you must have another birth day- your spiritual birthday- when you come to God , acknowledging that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. You must acknowledge that only Jesus can save you.
You must accept the work that He did for you –dying on the cross to save you. That is your merit. Every other merit is rubbish before God.
'all our righteousness is like filthy rags before God.' 'We are saved by grace through faith, not of works lest any one should boast. ' By God’s standards, 'there is none righteous, no, not even one.' 'For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.'
You must bow your knees to Jesus and invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Saviour. That is how you become born again. That is how you enter the Gate to God. That is how you see Eternal Life. That is how you can be sure of God’s presence, His provision, His protection and His direction and His peace which transcends all understanding.
All others who claim to be a way to God are robbers, impostors, liars, deceivers, thieves. They will leave you high and dry on Judgement Day. Today, hear the Voice of Jesus. Hear the knock of Jesus on the door of your heart. Come to Him and be saved. Come to Him and be delivered from sin-sickness. Come to Him and have a New Beginning, Come to Him and have peace with God. Come to Him and have Eternal Life. Come to Him and pass from death to life – abundant life, the God-kind of Life. The old will go and the New will come.
Today, if you hear His Voice, do not harden your heart.
Do not put off the decision to another day,. Decisions Determine Destiny.
Choices Carry Consequences. Make the right choice to day. Tomorrow is not promised anyone. Man’s life is like a smoke 9 like a vapour); it vanishes in a twinkling of an eye.
The king of Pop had mega plans to have a series of Gigs. He called it, ‘the final curtain call. This is it ‘he said. But he did not know what was waiting round the corner a few weeks later.
You all know the story. He is gone now for good. His life went like a vapour- it vanished all of a sudden.
Friends, unless he made his peace with God; unless he was born again, before he died, he cannot be in heaven. And you know there are two places you go to when you die- heaven or hell. There is no in-between. No one dies and accidentally finds himself/herelf in heaven or finds himself in heaven because they wished they would be there. 'If wishes were horse, beggars would ride,' it is said. You determine where you would go when you die, here on earth. amd it is by the choice you make for or against Jesus, period!
So if the King of Pop was not born again then he is in hell. That may be a sobering thought, but it is the truth. You and I have a golden opportunity to make the right decision today. I made mine in 1981 and found Salvation, Redemption, Reconciliation, forgiveness, Eternal life, the Freedom of freedoms. If I die today, heaven will be my Home, not because of my goodness, but because of His goodness.; not because of what I have done but because of what Jesus has done.
Today, you have opportunity to make the right decision.
Don’t blow it.
Come and follow the Way
This is the day of Salvation.
This is the acceptable time.
Do not harden your heart as you hear Him knocking on the door of your heart. Let Him in. today. He will not force Himself in. you have to open the door. The latch is on the inside. He said if you open He will come in and dine with you and you with Him.
Don’t worry about the dinner. He is coming with the delicious sumptuous spread that you will eat and hunger no more. He is coming with the drink of living water that satisfies the longing soul.
This is a clarion call from heaven to you
This is God’s invitation to you. Do not ignore this call. Do not shun this entreaty.
Come and be reconciled come and find green pastures and still waters,
Come and meet the Prince of peace and know the peace of God. Have peace with God.
Come now, come one, come all.
A word is enough for the wise.
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Thank you Fenny for such a wonderful thought. I really liked going through this article. The more I read it, the more interesting it became.
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