Did you know that sheep are about the only animal that is totally indefensible they can’t run fast, they have no body protection, only soft wool, little small hooves for feet, no horns (to speak of) PictureofSHEEP or big sharp teeth. They are always running off and going astray, and getting caught in the rocks, and crannies and thorn bushes. They are totally dependent upon their Shepherd to protect them from the wolves, and other predators. This must be the reason Jesus used sheep to describe his people. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27). That is how you can tell who the sheep are. They hear his voice and they follow Jesus. Some sheep follow the Shepherd from a far distance, and they are in more danger, and not as safe as the sheep who stick close to the Shepherd, “ I am the good shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” (John 10:11-17). “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). “and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.” (Matthew 25:32-33). The Bible also says; “Woe to the Idol Shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be cleaned dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” (Zechariah 11:17). “feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the over sight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5:2-4). Are you one of God’s sheep, or one of his Shepherd’s, or a goat?
Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.