Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 150)

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TEXT: John 10:25-30

25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

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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 150.

F.F. Bruce said, “Physical life may be destroyed, but those who are united by faith to the Son of God, those who belong to the flock of the true Shepherd, can never lose real life, for he keeps it secure.”

In explaining to the unbelieving Jews why they continue to doubt Him, Jesus returns to the metaphor of sheep and their shepherd. He tells the unbelieving Jews that they are not of His sheep because they do not hear and obey His Word. He contrasts this with the mark of true sheep, saying, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…”

To hear Jesus’ voice is to listen to and obey what He says. This does not mean that the sheep are perfect or that they never make a mistake. What it does mean is that their life is not characterized by unbelief and disobedience. If a sheep wanders away from the fold, he will eventually respond to the voice of the Shepherd and return to the flock. This is why Jesus said, “I know them.” Others may not take note of Jesus’ flock, but Jesus knows which sheep belong to Him.

In the next verse, Jesus announces one of the benefits received by those who belong to His flock. He says, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Jesus’ sheep receive the gift of eternal life from their Shepherd. Here, He is speaking of eternal spiritual life — a perfect union of the sheep with their Shepherd and with God.

When the sheep are unified with God, it is impossible for them to perish. God is life, and those connected with Him have life forever. Unlike those who are not of Jesus’ flock, the sheep will not perish in Hell, but will enjoy their eternal life in the pastures of Heaven.

But, for now, the sheep must remain on this Earth where wolves and false shepherds prey. The devil and the world are opposed to the Great Shepherd and the Great Shepherd’s sheep. They will try to do everything in their power to ruin the sheep, to draw them back into the world, to make them ineffective in their walk with the Shepherd. But, Christ assures us that “neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Jesus is the one who is holding us, preserving us, sustaining us, and keeping us. As if that alone were not enough, Jesus adds, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” Yes, the very hands that shaped the universe are holding every believer safe and secure right now today.

Those who are not of Jesus’s flock will miss out on eternal life and this eternal security, which gives hope and confidence not only for today but for the future.

Here is how you can believe on Jesus Christ for your salvation today so that eternal life in heaven with God is secure.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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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