Jesus Has Other Sheep
John 10:14-16 (NIV)
14 “ I am the good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me –
15 …and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
A shepherd is most concerned about the welfare and well-being of his sheep. A shepherd does and gives all he can to make sure that his sheep are well taken care of. A shepherd always has the best benefit of his sheep at heart because the sheep belong to him. The shepherd owns all the sheep.
Jesus is our Good Shepherd Who loves each and every of His sheep. He owns us and we belong to Him. Jesus our Shepherd has paid a personal price to own His sheep and will never allow His sheep to go hungry, be thirsty, be hurt or be lost. The price Jesus paid for His sheep is unimaginably expensive at the Cross. To Jesus our Shepherd, every sheep that He has is precious. He loves all His sheep dearly and deeply.
Jesus says in John 10:14 that He knows His sheep. The word ‘know’ means more than intellectual awareness. It means an intimate relationship between God and His people. The Shepherd knows His sheep personally deeply and intimately and therefore knows best how to minister to them.
There is no question that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The only question that remains is this – Do you know the Shepherd? Your answer to this question makes all the difference between Heaven and hell. How you answer this question determines where you can expect to spend eternity, and how you live on this earth.
Jesus did not come to save a few. Jesus did not die on the Cross just for one race or one group of people. Jesus came to give His life for the entire world.
Jesus says in John 10:15 that He has other sheep that are not yet of His sheep pen. And He declares, “I must bring them also.”
These other sheep Jesus refers to are very significant to Him. They are so significant that He says it is a necessity that He MUST also bring them into His sheep pen to be His sheep. In John 10, Jesus is telling the Pharisees that His salvation is not only for the Jews, as the people think so at the time, but He has come to save also the Gentiles. The Gentiles are also the sheep that belong to Jesus and they too must come to receive His salvation and grace. And there shall be “one flock and one shepherd”.
Today, God is telling me that there are other sheep that I must bring into our church family to know Jesus as their Good Shepherd. God is reminding me that in our church family at River, we are not to be just enjoying by ourselves the salvation, love and hope we have in Jesus. We must see it as a necessity to bring all the lost people who have yet to know Jesus as their Good Shepherd to be in the ONE flock that God has called all of us into.
God is saying to me that we must lay aside differences, personal liking and bias to embrace the truth that all people have been called to belong to ONE flock and ONE shepherd. The colleague whom you find difficult to get along with, the family member who always seems to oppose you, the classmate whose personality clashes with yours, a certain group or type of people whom you may have unknowingly concluded as impossible to share the Gospel with – all these people, every single one of them – God is saying they are also His sheep and He wants us to know it is His heartbeat for them to return to His sheep flock.
Before Jesus left this earth, He instructed Simon Peter to care for what is the dearest to Him – His sheep. In John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” Each time, Peter answers, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” And Jesus tells him, “Feed My lambs”, “Take care of My sheep”, “Feed My sheep”.
Today, Jesus is also asking us, “Do you love Me?” And Jesus is instructing you and me to do what He tells Peter to do – feed His sheep and take care of His sheep. It is only out of our love for Christ that we are able to share the Good News of Jesus with the lost sheep. It is only our genuine love for Christ that motivates us to love all of God’s sheep and bring them into His Kingdom to be ONE flock having ONE Shepherd.
Let us be UNITED in our love for Christ and be UNITED with God’s heartbeat to bring every lost sheep into God’s sheep pen. Then truly, “there shall be ONE flock and ONE shepherd.” (John 14:16)
Let us pray.
“Heavenly Father, I love You. I love You with more than my words. I love You with all that I am and all that I have. I love You by loving who You love and doing what Jesus has come to do. Father, open my eyes every day to see that every person You place in my path belongs to You and is loved by You. Teach me to love the people I meet every day with Your love and compassion. I give my life to You, O Lord. Use me to fulfill Your will of bringing every lost sheep into Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”