“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:14-16
We already discussed yesterday the importance of knowing our shepherd’s voice (and obeying) If you haven’t had a chance to check yesterday’s post out, you can do so HERE.
Today we are going to talk about who are the sheep, and the importance of one flock and one shepherd.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:16-17
We follow Jesus as our Good Shepherd because we hear his voice and obey his voice.
What does this voice sound like? For some, it could be an audible voice, for others it seems to a strong urge or nudge towards someone or something, and there there also seems to a voice of truth that emanates peace.
Sometimes we try to discern the voice of God as a different voice that comes out of nowhere, but in my experience it comes more in the form of your voice standing out in your stream of consciousness. Like an intruding thought that you could not have thought of yourself.
While this is unique and personal to us that comes from a personal relationship. It is something that also available to those that he predestined.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:30
In this specific passage, Jesus is referring to the sheep as Israel and the “other sheep” would be considered the Pharisees.
Remember Jesus is our personal Savior, but He also is the Savior of the world.
I really enjoy looking at the dichotomy of God being both personal and universal.
The good thing about our personal relationship with God is that it allows us to link us with others who share the same faith.
We are all sheep following the same shepherd.
One flock– us the believers and followers of Christ
One shepherd– Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Flock in John 10:16 refers to, the word aule which means, “courtyard or palace”.
We are one palace, one house united for Christ.
Again, the bible has much to say about the body of Christ
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
We are all the body of Christ. We are all sheep that are being lead by our shepherd.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative to follow our Shepherd and not other voices (or the way of the world)
The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. John 10:12-13
If we follow the “hired hand” (any one other than God) Jesus is very clear what will happen.
When trouble comes, we will be left to fend for ourselves (scatter). We will then try to find someone else to follow, another voice and another way.
There is only ONE voice, ONE truth and ONE way.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me John 14:6
This is what to means to be the Good Shepherd.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Take time to praise God and thank God for sending Jesus as our Good Shepherd. I also encourage you to write down what ever else He lays on your hear. (practicing listening to His voice)