Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 137)

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TEXT: John 10:1-2

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 137.

Elisabeth Elliot said, “Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”

One of the themes that we see consistently in Jesus’ teachings throughout the Gospel of John is His rebuke of the religious leaders of that day. In the case of the blind man, which we just finished dealing with in John chapter 9, they showed themselves to be leaders who did not truly care for the people. If they did, they would have rejoiced over the man being healed instead of criticizing and trying to find fault with the miracle.

Religious leaders of that day, were often called “shepherds”, as their role was to guide, protect, and care for the people. In our passage for today, Jesus begins to speak on the difference between the false shepherds of that day and himself as the true Shepherd. In verse 1 He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

Apparently, there is a proper way for someone to become a shepherd or religious leader and there is an improper way for someone to become a shepherd. A true shepherd will enter by the “door” — he will come in the proper way. The proper way to become a leader or representative of God on Earth is through genuine servanthood and sincere love and care for people. But the Jewish religious establishment did not gain nor keep their power in that way.

The religious leaders depended on their education, their superior Scriptural knowledge, the prominence of their family, and their personal and political ties to advance themselves over their fellow man. They maintained their power through threats, manipulation, and coercion — some of the same tactics they tried to use against Jesus. Before Jesus came, they were able to keep the entire population in line by these means. They had ‘climbed up’ to leadership another way, and thus were termed thieves and robbers of the people by Jesus.

Adam Clarke said, “Ambition, avarice, love of ease, a desire to enjoy the conveniences of life, to be distinguished from the crowd, to promote the interests of one’s family, and even the sole design of providing against want — these are all ways by which thieves and robbers enter. And whoever enters by any of these ways deserves no better name than thief and robber.”

Jesus likens the proper way of becoming a leader of the people as going through a door. In this chapter, Jesus will soon identify Himself as that Door. He, as the Great Shepherd, set the perfect example of how a leader should act and care for the people. Only those who follow His lead and use Him as their example can be called true shepherds.

As the Great Shepherd, Jesus calls all people to come to Him. In first century Palestine, He called all those who had been oppressed and taken advantage of by the religious leaders of their day. He said to them, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” He says the same today to those who have followed false shepherds in their search for spiritual truth. He calls you to Himself. He is the Great Shepherd who will always do what is best for you. He has already sacrificed Himself that you might live.

Will you trust Him today?

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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