How is Jesus like the door of the sheepfold?

One question in this week’s lesson (Preaching and Ministry, Jesus the Good Shepherd, Lesson 7, p. 83) in the Gospel Advocate Foundations book asked, “How is Jesus like the door of the sheepfold?”

The verses under question say, “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:7-10 NKJV)

Looking at the verses under question a few answers stand-out:

  1. Jesus is the legal way. He fulfills the prophecy of the Law, psalms and prophets. People who reject Jesus become law-breakers who work against the will of the God and harm the sheep.
  2. Jesus is the passage way. Unless an individual enters through the door named Jesus, there will be no salvation, freedom or spiritual nourishment provided.
  3. Jesus is the rejected way. Abundant life offered, abundant life rejected was the choice of the false teachers (thieves and robbers). Jesus’ desire was the former.

In light of Ezekiel 34, Jesus’ lesson about the sheepfold, the door, the thieves and robbers, and the shepherd of the sheep was meant to grab attentions, interest and decisions. It did and it still does by causing people to see Jesus as the legal way, the passage way and the rejected way.

Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”” (John 10:19-21 NKJV)

#christians-are-like-sheep, #gospel-advocate, #jesus

The edge: Matthew 14.36 VOTD

“They begged him if they could only touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”

Matthew 14.36

Multitudes came to Jesus to heal their diseases. He made himself accessible to all who came.

Jesus is not limited to a physical presence today. Our access to his powerful presence is even easier now!

#Jesus #access #VOTD

Hardline religion

Many people enjoy a dislike of “religion.” Hence the popularity of the spiritual but not religious identity … which is often the slogan (of sorts) for the pro-Jesus, anti-church mentality.

Religion is equal to rules. Rules are equal to standards. Standards are equal to responsibilities. Responsibilities are equal to religion. Hence the exodus of many “churches” and their relationship to any perceived hint of hardline religion.

Somehow people have managed to convince themselves that a relationship with Jesus is not based on any sort of hard-line – because Jesus was anti-religion, right?

Granted, Jesus took extreme issue with the religious leaders of his earthly day (a religion, mind you, that ultimately revolved around and pointed to Jesus – Luke 24:22, Galatians 3:24), but Jesus’ issue wasn’t with religion in general – his problem was with the way they practiced their religion by blurring hard-lines created by God! (Matthew 15:1-9, Matthew 23, Mark 3:1-5, Luke 14:6, John 5:10-16) And such an issue was nothing new (Amos 8, Jeremiah 23).

So before you think being against hardline religion makes you pro-Jesus (or vice-versa), keep these teachings in mind: Continue reading

#balance, #error, #jesus, #religion

July 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Fulfill Ye My Joy! (John W. Moore)
  • The Example of Jesus (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Example of Paul (Carl McCann)
  • The Example of Timothy (Ross Hafner)
  • The Example of Epaphroditus (Troy Spradlin)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

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#christian-worker, #epaphroditus, #jesus, #joy, #philippians-2, #the-apostle-paul, #timothy

World to come: Hebrews 2.5 VOTD

“For he did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels.”

Hebreus 2.5

The Way of Christ is superior to the Mosaic system because his Kingdom, which has now come into the world, is not under angelic control, but under the Lord’s authority.

The Lord Jesus involves himself in our lives. We are grateful for his proximity.

#angels #Jesus #VOTD

A thought provoking question

I have a thought-provoking question.

I say thought-provoking because I believe it’s worth thinking about for several reasons – although I’m not necessarily looking for an answer.

I don’t know if the question can even be correctly answered on this side of life. That’s because there may not be a book, chapter and verse for it. And if there is, I must honestly say it’s not an obvious section of scripture to me. I have my ideas, but they’re only my ideas.

So what’s the question? Continue reading

#jesus, #religious-questions, #spiritual-questions

Easy teaching: Matthew 11.30 VOTD

“Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”

Matthew 11.30 ERV

Jesus contrasted his Way with the heavy loads of legalism imposed by the Pharisees, Mt 12.1-8. While his teaching reaches even the motivations of the heart, it still is far easier than impossible task of earning salvation.

If it is so easy, why is the way so narrow? Mt 7.13-14.

#Way #Jesus #VOTD