INTRODUCTION: Many claim to be sheep in the fold of the great shepherd, Jesus Christ. It is astonishing to examine just the number of religious people in the world that lay claim to the benefits of the Lord. Consider three areas that will always be true of the sheep of the shepherds.
I. THEY FOCUS ON THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE.
A. The shepherd knows his sheep and the know his voice.1. John 10:3, 14, 16 ""To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out......I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own....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."B. His true sheep will respect the "voice" of the shepherd.1. John 8:31- "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."a. John 12:48, 49 - "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him; the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49- For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak."2. John 10:27- ""My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."
A. His sheep follow him!1. John 10:4 - "And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice."B. More than just hearing
A. They will not follow the voice of the stranger.1. John 10:5, 8- ""Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 8- All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them."B. No other place to go for eternal life.1. John 6:68-69 "But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69- Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.""
A. The shepherd gives complete safety and satisfaction.1. John 10:9-10 "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10- The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."B. Our great shepherd give us peace of mind and a home in Heaven.
The traveler was so astonished that as he saw the third shepherd preparing
to depart, laying his hand to his crook and beginning to gather a few dates
fallen from a palm beneath which he had been resting, he stepped up to
him and asked: "Would your sheep follow me if I called them?" The man shook
his head. "Give me your shepherd's cloak and crook and let me try." The
traveler said He even wound the shepherds turban round his head and standing
forth began to cry, "Menah, Menah!" but no sheep stirred. They only blinked
at him lazily in the sunshine. "Do they never follow any one
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