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Why You Should Abandon False Shepherds and Turn to the Great Shepherd, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 138)

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TEXT: John 10:1-6

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.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

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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 138.

John R. Rice said, “I want no Christianity without a burden for lost souls, a message for sinners, a heart to bring in the lost sheep so dear to the Shepherd, the sinning souls for whom Christ died.”

In this passage, Jesus continues with the metaphor of a shepherd and his sheep to describe the differences between Himself and the false religious leaders of His day. He describes Himself as the one who ‘enters in by the door of the sheep’; in other words, He is one who achieves His leadership position the right way — through service and sacrifice.

Jesus says, “To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” In the Ancient Near East, shepherds kept their sheep in a common sheepfold at night. A porter or doorkeeper stood at the entrance to the sheepfold ensuring that only the right shepherds came in and out with their sheep. Who is the porter in Jesus’ metaphor? Some scholars believe that the porter represents the Holy Spirit since it is He who opens hearts to the Gospel message. The Holy Spirit, who is of God, knows that Jesus is the true Shepherd and is glad to open the door of people’s hearts to Him.

Having gained entrance, the sheep hear the voice of the Great Shepherd as he calls them by name. Shepherds of Jesus’ day had a remarkable way of leading their sheep. Even though there were many flocks in one sheepfold, a shepherd only had to stand at the entrance of the fold and call out to his sheep. The sheep would recognize their shepherd’s voice and, though mixed in with other sheep, they would gather around him. It is said that during World War I, some hungry soldiers tried to steal a few sheep from a hillside near Jerusalem. The sleeping shepherd awoke to find his flock being driven off. He couldn’t recapture them by force, so he called out to his flock. The sheep listened, and returned to their rightful owner.

The voice-calling of the shepherd is reminiscent of the way Jesus calls people unto Himself. Just as the shepherd does not draw his sheep by reins, ropes, or prodding sticks, Jesus does not force or coerce anyone to come to Him. He calls aloud, He stands at the door and knocks, and those who desire to belong to Him come. He leads all those who come to Him; He does not brutally force, but lovingly prods and goes before them showing them the way.

Jesus operates in the same manner with His followers. We will go through nothing that He has not gone through already. We will face no path that He has not already trod. In fact, our Great Shepherd has eliminated the most painful path — that of eternal death and punishment in Hell. If you want to follow and serve such a shepherd, then you must respond to His voice today.

He is calling you now, asking for entrance into your heart. Will you answer to the Great Shepherd today?

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.