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  • Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
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  • What type of Sacrifices do we make?

    In our lives, there are those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Today, on Memorial Day we Americans remember those who died to protect our way of life. We have family here today who have family members who have served our country to protect what is theirs.
    They have given up the ultimate sacrifice to enable those around them to live lives safer than they had previously been living. There have been times when the country has fought with itself to determine the better path which to follow. The better rights for all people throughout the years.

    Selflessness before Sacrifice

    If we are honest with ourselves, we have to look to the causes of why we offer any type of sacrifice. If the intentions are only to provide for ourselves, then we are thieves and robbers only concerned for fulfilling our own desires.
    As we remember those who gave all for the ability of others, we should look to the reasons they sacrificed what was valuable to them. Duty to country may have been a reason. The glory of being part of something larger than themselves. Honor in fighting for a noble and just cause.
    While there may be many reasons for sacrifice, we should look to the one who gave His life for us.

    Jesus Leads the way

    God demanded that those who lead His people not fatten themselves on the people they were to lead (Ezek. 34). He knew there would be a time when the prophets, leaders, kings, and others would once again turn from their calling of leading the people. When that time came, Jesus stepped in to declare what a Good Shepherd does in contrast to those who were leading people astray.

    What Makes Jesus the Good Shepherd?

    John 10:1 NASB95
    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
    John 10:2 NASB95
    “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
    John 10:3 NASB95
    “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
    John 10:4 NASB95
    “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
    John 10:5 NASB95
    “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
    John 10:6 NASB95
    This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
    John 10:7 NASB95
    So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
    John 10:8 NASB95
    “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
    John 10:9 NASB95
    “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
    John 10:10 NASB95
    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
    John 10:11 NASB95
    “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
    John 10:12 NASB95
    “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
    John 10:13 NASB95
    He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
    John 10:14 NASB95
    “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,
    John 10:15 NASB95
    even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
    John 10:16 NASB95
    “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.
    John 10:17 NASB95
    “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
    John 10:18 NASB95
    “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

    The Good Shepherd knows His Sheep

    Jesus says that the sheep only respond to His voice. Only God knows each one of us so much that He is able to call each of us to Him. No one else is capable of accomplishing what God can.
    Illustration: Show video of people trying to get sheep to respond and

    The Good Shepherd protects His Sheep

    Jesus fights for us. Since Jesus is the door to the pen, He notes there are those who attempt to come in other ways. The shepherd checks His fences and sees who is among the flock.
    David, the young shepherd boy was also protectant of his flock.
    1 Samuel 17:34 NASB95
    But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock,
    1 Samuel 17:35 NASB95
    I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
    But as some shepherds who did not always follow the commands of God, Nathan reminded David he had not properly looked after his flock (2 Sam. 12).

    The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His Sheep

    The charge for protecting the people come from God. Jesus reminds His disciples that God is the one who issues the command to care for the people. Earlier in the time of Ezekiel, those who were charged to care for the people were accused by God of not feeding the people and instead fed themselves (Ezek. 34).
    Instead, Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd who has the authority to lay down His life and also to take it up again. What a moment to realize that Jesus has both the authority to lay down His life and to also take it back.
    Once Jesus explains that He is the door to the sheep pen, He also explain that there are sheep outside of the pen who He must bring in. Here again is a reference to the Jewish and Gentile people being brought together under one Shepherd.
    Jesus claims they will become one flock. While it is difficult for us to see a church united under one Shepherd with the many divisions we see in the world today, Jesus’ sacrifice paints the way for the world to come together under His leadership.

    How the Church Shepherds the Flock Today

    We are called today to love people just as Jesus loved His sheep. As the Good Shepherd sacrificed His life for the sake of His sheep, we are called to live a life sacrificed to that cause as well.
    Many times we begin to make small sacrifices and see that what Jesus has for us is good. The way into the pen or heaven is through Jesus. He gives us the same command given to Him by the Father.
    Luke 9:23 NASB95
    And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
    The church today must also be reminded that Jesus’ mission included those who were not yet of the fold. We are to work to aid those who are outside of the sheep pen to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd as He is calling them to come through the door.
    If you are out there today wondering how you are called to be part of this mission, know that the first step is to put others before yourself as Jesus did. He knew that His love for His sheep was shown to the world through the sacrifice He made on the cross.
    Only Jesus was capable of doing that deed. We are to always point to Him as being the Good Shepherd over all the other shepherds. Laying aside our goals, initiatives, and ideas in the place of the one Christ gives us points us in the direction we need to go.
    This Memorial Day we are reminded of those of our country who sacrificed the greatest to give us the rights, freedoms, and liberty we enjoy today. However, this world is temporary and Jesus’ sacrifice gave us eternal freedom, eternal rights, and eternal liberty from our prior bondage.
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      • 1 Samuel 17:34NASB95

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  • How Deep The Father's Love For Us
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  • Cross of Christ
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  • The Power of The Cross
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        Prayer Meeting

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