Jesus on Sheepishness

GUWG-Feed-SheepWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.

Today’s topic: JESUS ON SHEEP. The Good Shepherd had a lot of interesting things to say about his flock:

The Good Shepherd

GUWG-Sheep-3We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?

We started with these three answers: Son of Man, Son of God and Messiah.

Now we’re in the midst of eight “I am” statements Jesus made that further define who he is. The first three: the Bread of Life, the Light of the World and the Gate.

Jesus expands on yesterday’s “gate” theme in today’s “I am”:

The Gate

GUWG-GateWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?

We started with these three answers: Son of Man, Son of God and Messiah.

Now we’re in the midst of eight “I am” statements Jesus made that further define who he is. The first: the Bread of Life. The second: the Light of the World.

Here’s today’s “I am”:

Father and Son are One

GUWG-Sheep-Believe-NewWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?

Yesterday, we reported on a clash between Jesus and the religious leaders over his claims that God was his Father.

That was just one of many. In another episode, some of the leaders gathered around Jesus, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense. If you are Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Here’s how Jesus responded:

Looooove Jesus and Feed His Sheep

GUWG-Feed-SheepWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Jesus is about to leave Earth. He had one last breakfast with his disciples and then he took Peter aside and asked him three simple questions:

“I and the Father are one.”

GUWG-Sheep-Believe-NewWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

It was winter and Jesus was at the Festival of Dedication (or, in Hebrew, Hanukkah) in Jerusalem. He was walking in Solomon’s Colonnade in the temple courts.

Some religious leaders gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense. If you are Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Here’s how Jesus responded:

Take Care of His Sheep

We conclude SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG with a look at some of Jesus’ final instructions before he left Earth.

In their last conversation together, Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. Each time Peter answered “yes” and then Jesus gave him a command. Here they are:

Feed my lambs.

Take care of my sheep.

Feed my sheep.

Get the point? If you love Jesus, you’ll care for his flock.

But how on earth are we supposed to do that? We’re sheep ourselves.

We can’t on our own. God himself will equip us:

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

So, what did we learn this week? It’s pretty simple, really …

Be a sheep. Follow Jesus our Great Shepherd. And then ask him to help us shepherd others.

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