Jesus on Sheepishness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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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:

Sheep or Goat?

Are you a sheep or a goat? Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.

When Jesus returns, He’ll “separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)

Here’s what He’ll say to the sheep:

“Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

The sheep are confused. They ask:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did you see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” (Matthew 25:37-39)

Jesus’ reply:

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

I don’t know about you, but I find that plenty motivating. Need more? Here’s what Jesus says to the goats:

“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” (Matthew 25:41-43)

The goats are confused, too. They ask:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” (Matthew 25:44)

Jesus’ reply:

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45)

What do the goats get? Eternal punishment. The sheep? Eternal life. Sounds like a pretty clear choice.

Want to serve Jesus? Feed the hungry. Take in strangers. Clothe the needy. Care for the sick. Visit prisoners.

BE A SHEEP