Who Was (Is) the Greatest Shepherd?
Question: Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?
Do the words “but with God all things are possible”
Note: Moses was a great shepherd.
Note: King David was a great shepherd.
Moses and King David were great shepherds, but
not the greatest shepherd.
Note: Be encouraged, God provides!
Question: So who is the greatest shepherd?
The following websites were referenced on Sept. 27, 2007:
Sheep of a Wonderful Shepherd by
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them
eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my
hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29)
sheep hear His voice, and they follow Him. The brand of ownership on the sheep
obedience. Do you want to know whether a person is saved or not? Then see if he is
obeying Christ. Our ears must be open to His voice. “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
the Lord hath made even both of them” (Proverbs 20:12).
they follow me.” I believe in the eternal security of the believer and in the
insecurity of the make-believer. If a shepherd called his sheep one morning and out of
five hundred sheep in the sheepfold one hundred came out and followed him, then I
would conclude that those one hundred were his sheep. And I would also conclude that
the other four hundred were not his sheep.
I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” Friend, when He
them eternal life, that means they don’t earn it and they don’t work for it. He gives it to
them. Note that it is eternal life. It is forever. If it plays out in a week, or in a year, or
until they sin, then it is not eternal life after all. They are not really His sheep if the life
does not last forever. The sheep may be in danger, but the Shepherd will protect them.
They may be scattered, but He will gather them up again. They shall never perish. May
they backslide? Yes. Will they perish? No. The sheep may get into a pigpen, but there has
never yet been a sheep in a pigpen that stayed there. Sheep and pigs do not live together.
The sheep is always a sheep. No enemy, no man, no created being can pluck them out of
the Savior’s hand. This is wonderful!
time a fellow gave me the argument that one can jump out of His hand because we
are free moral agents. Listen to the passage. It actually says “no created thing shall pluck
them out of my hand.” He is the Shepherd. He is God. If you think you can jump out, the
Father puts His hand right down on you, and you can’t do any jumping. Brother, He’s got
you and you can’t get loose. Both hands are the hands of Deity. No created thing can take
the sheep out of His hand.
someone had to be watching them all the time. If two little sheep go over the hill and get
half a mile from the flock, they are lost. They cannot find their way back by themselves.
The only way in the world they can be safe is for the shepherd to be there. If a wolf
would come up and eat one of the little sheep, you’d think the other one would be smart
enough to say, “He ate my little brother; so I’ll go back over the hill and join the flock.”
No, he doesn’t know where to go. All he does is go “Baa” and run around and wait to be
dessert for the wolf. A sheep is stupid. Neither has a sheep any way to defend himself. A
sheep can’t even outrun his enemy. If a sheep is safe, it is not because the sheep is clever
or smart. It is because he has a good shepherd.
I say to you that He gives me eternal life and I shall never perish, you may
me of bragging. No, my friend, I am not bragging on myself; I’m bragging about my
Shepherd. I have a wonderful Shepherd. He won’t lose any of His sheep. If He starts with
one hundred, He will not end with ninety-nine. If one gets lost, He will go out and find it.
None will be lost.
Edited Messages on John by J.