Isaiah 53:6 NKJV All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
One definition for sheep is a person who is easily influenced or led. We have all been easily led astray by our own wants, desires and ambitions, not to mention the ways that the world tempts and tantalizes, or satan using all of his glitz and glamor. Our focus becomes out of true focus, when we give more attention or time to anything that puts more emphasis on itself than on Christ. Jesus should be seen through any and all things, His will and way should be at the center of every tangible and also, untouchable, aspect of everything in our life. Willing, whole-hearted, absolute and complete surrender to our most blessed and holy creator. The One who holds us in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 41:13), knows us by name (Isaiah 43:1) and knows how many hairs are on our head (Luke 12:7). He is our God. We can trust Him in surrender (Matthew 16:24-27). He is our good Shepherd, who protects, guides and nurtures His flock. It was His good pleasure to lay His life down for us. All we have to do is; believe in Him (John 3:16), and ask Him to come into our hearts (Revelation 3:20), and forgive us for our sins (1 John 1:9). He is our holy, righteous and most worthy to be praised Father and He loves us and will lead us if we submit to Him and His authority. He is Lord and He is Savior. Blessed be His holy name forever!
John 10 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
Jesus the Good Shepherd
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 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.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 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.
17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
19 Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. 20 And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?”
21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
The Shepherd Knows His Sheep
22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
The Believers Beyond Jordan
40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. 41 Then many came to Him and said, “John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.” 42 And many believed in Him there.
Oh dearest heavenly Father,
The One who formed the heavens and all that the earth is and contains; all praise to You, Lord. Speak to us from Your word, Father. Today I ask You, in Jesus name, to open blinded eyes to see the truth in Your glorious gospel. Let us, Your beloved children, hear Your voice and know which way we are to walk. Your word holds all the help we could ever need and the wonderful thing is that You speak to us all differently, but it is from the same chapter. Help us to study Your word to show ourselves approved unto You and not be ashamed, but able to divide Your truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) We are Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good things (Ephesians 2:10). Help us to make time to dig deep in Your word, meditating and applying the scripture to our lives. Praise Your holy name forever. We pray in Your holy name Jesus. Amen.
Let’s worship today with
All My Hope Is In Jesus by Crowder ft. Tauren Wells
Focused by Brother Ig ft. Salah & T. L.
God of Always by Hillary Jane
If you do not know Jesus but would like to know more about Him, please read the following blog titled, Never let Us Go. God bless. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/