Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 143)

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TEXT: John 10:11-14

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

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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 143.

Hudson Taylor said, “‘The Lord is my shepherd’ is true on Sunday, on Monday, and through every day of the week; in January, in December, and in every month of the year; at home, in China; in peace, and in war; in abundance, and in penury.”

We saw yesterday that the Good Shepherd is not only one who defends and protects the sheep, but he is one who is willing to lay down his life for the sheep — to sacrifice himself on their behalf. Jesus terms the opposite of such a person “a hireling.” A hireling was a person who did not own the flock, but was hired by the shepherd to look after the flock if, for some reason, the shepherd could not be present.

The hireling did not care for the flock like the shepherd did. He did not know each of the sheep by name. He did not know which sheep were older and moved slower, whom he had to take extra care of. He did not know which sheep were young and naive, whom he had to watch closely lest they run off and get into trouble. He didn’t know the names of the sheep. He was just a hireling. To him, it was just a job.

We have too many pastors today who are simply hirelings. They see preaching as a job, an ambition — something to check off of their career goals list. Others are doing it for the money; they may have started out with the right reasons, but they secretly desire to hold whatever pulpit can afford them the largest paycheck. They don’t really care for the people. They are just hirelings.

And what does a hireling do when bad things start happening? He runs; he saves his own skin. Jesus said the hireling “seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth… The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.” Because of the hireling’s lack of love and care for the sheep, “the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth them.”

Many churches have been ruined by hireling preachers who don’t care for their flocks like Jesus does. Millions of people have been fooled and led astray by charlatan religious leaders, cult leaders, counselors, and spiritual teachers who peddle false teachings that keep people in spiritual bondage.

Jesus is a real shepherd, a good shepherd, a great shepherd, a true shepherd. Unlike the hireling, not only does He fight for the good of His flock, but He willingly lays down His life for them. This is why you should stop following false shepherds and join the flock of the Great Shepherd 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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