Message of Grace
“FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST” EPHESIANS 2 :8
THE SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:12
One of the most glorious descriptions of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the scripture is when HE is depicted as the shepherd of HIS sheep. He has a specific flock to which HE attends and a specific purpose to do everything in HIS power to provide pasture for them and to deliver them from harm.
HE is the one Shepherd.
'Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; And I will set up one shepherd over them, and HE shall feed them, and HE shall be their shepherd. ' (Ezek 34:22-
HE is the good Shepherd.
'I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.' (John 10:11) A good shepherd will do whatever is necessary to protect his flock. The LORD JESUS paid the ultimate price of dying to secure the redemption of all of those who belong to HIM. Their sin had separated them from the FATHER, but HE willingly laid down HIS life to pay their sin debt and remove that wall of separation. HE accomplished everything that was necessary for them to enter into the eternal life which HE promised them before the world began.
HE is the great Shepherd.
'Now the GOD of peace, that brought again from the dead our LORD JESUS, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, ' (Heb 13:20) Death is a great enemy of mankind, casting its dark shadow over the whole human race because of sin. The LORD JESUS is called the great Shepherd because HE has triumphed over death and the grave. Since HE rose from the dead HIS sheep have the promise that they too shall experience the resurrection of their bodies. HE said, 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.' (John 11:25-
HE is the chief Shepherd.
'And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.' (1 Peter 5:4) The LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world with little fanfare. HE took on the form of a servant and was pleased to dwell in the earth with a meek and gentle disposition. HE laid aside the glory, which was HIS from eternity with HIS FATHER, and walked here as a common man without even a dwelling to call HIS own. HE allowed himself to be led as a lamb to the slaughter, not even speaking harshly to those who mistreated HIM, instead praying for them. Some have assumed since HE humbled himself in this fashion that it is HIS eternal nature to be meek and lowly. This is a great mistake. HE is high and lifted up; and the heavens and the earth shall flee away from HIS presence when HE returns to earth with a full display of HIS power and glory. HE shall not appear unto men in the humiliation with which HE was clothed when HE came the first time. HE shall come in flaming fire taking vengeance on all who have not bowed their knees to HIS lordship. HE shall gather HIS sheep, for whom HE shed HIS precious blood, and shall give them a place in the very presence of HIS glory forever.
So who are HIS sheep? HE said 'My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.' (John 10:27) The 'sheep follow HIM: for they know HIS voice. And a stranger will they not follow.' (John 10:4-
I was a wandering sheep, I did not love the fold,
I did not love my SHEPHERD's voice, I would not be controlled;
I was a wayward child, I did not love my home,
I did not love my FATHER's voice, I loved afar to roam.
The SHEPHERD sought his sheep, the FATHER sought his child;
He followed me o'er vale and hill, O'er deserts waste and wild;
He found me nigh to death, famished and faint and lone;
He bound me with the bands of love, He saved the wandering one.
JESUS my SHEPHERD is. 'Twas He that loved my soul.
'Twas He that washed me in his blood. 'Twas He that made me whole;
'Twas He that sought the lost. That found the wand'ring sheep;
'Twas He that bro't me to the fold; 'Tis He that still doth keep
Horatius Bonar (1808-
It seems that the advocates of modern day soul winning have forgotten (or perhaps never knew) that there is a difference in men being drawn to CHRIST and men being persuaded to acknowledge HIS work and/or follow HIM. Many followed HIM when HE walked on the earth but they only did so for a season (i.e., temporarily). Some did so because they were impressed with miracles, some because HE fed them with loaves and fishes, still others because they were convinced HE was going to lead them out of earthly oppression and poverty. But the time came when they would not endure sound doctrine and practically all of them went away. (see John 6:60-
|1.2 The God of the Bible|
|1.3 Who is this King of Glory?|
|1.4 Jesus Christ the Righteous|
|1.5 The Sinfulness of Sin|
|1.6 Christ, the Lord|
|1.8 What Must I Do To Be Saved?|
|1.9 The Power of His Resurrection|
|1.10 Understanding Our Sin|
|1.11 The Whole Duty of Man|
|1.12 Christ is All|
|2.1 Enemies of the Cross|
|2.2 The Blood of the Lamb|
|2.3 Worthy is the Lamb|
|2.4 Why Do Men Perish|
|2.5 The Lord of Glory|
|2.6 Eternal Life|
|2.7 Vile Affections|
|3.12 What Child is This?|
|4.1 A New Beginning|
|4.3 The Son Stood Still|
|4.4 A Son Returns|
|4.5 You Think|
|4.6 Wise Men|
|5.1 Our Only Message|
|5.2 False Hope|
|5.3 Water for the Thirsty|
|5.4 The Shepherd of the Sheep|
|5.5 Blood and Water|
|6.1 Triple Jeopardy|
|6.2 Debtors at the Cave of Adullam|
|6.3 Comforted by Lies Wounded by Truth|
|6.4 Light at Evening Time|
|7.1 Do You Want To Go To Heaven?|