Enter Through Jesus

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG where all week long we’ve been studying sheep-ish verses from the Bible.

Today, we’ll focus exclusively on the words of Jesus. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus issued this warning to his sheep:

Sheep or Goat?

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’re looking at sheep-ish verses from the Bible.

Here’s a question for us all to consider today:

Are you a sheep or a goat?

Believe it or not, that’s a question with eternal implications.

Sheep Should Shout

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK  here on GUWG, where all week long we’re looking at sheep-ish verses from the Bible.

Here’s today’s selection. SHOUT IT OUT!

Who Wants to Be a Sheep?

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’re looking at sheep-y verses from the Bible.

Let me tell you a dumb little story …

On my sixth birthday, I was selected at random to appear as the “special guest” on a local TV show for kids. My job would be to introduce the day’s Gumby cartoon, answer a few questions about myself and then get a giant tootsie roll. VERY important stuff.

SHEEPISHNESS

It’s SHEEPISHNESS WEEK here on GUWG.

Sheep are literally all over the Bible. They’re mentioned more often — precisely 200 times — than any other Bible animal. In fact, as unflattering as it may seem, we humans are repeatedly likened to those four-legged fuzzballs.

Accordingly, this week here on GUWG we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the spiritual significance of these humble but not-all-that-bright creatures.

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