Scripture Reading John 10:11-16
Intro- The Book of Hebrews has been a powerful message to us over the last 1 year and three months. The whole of the letter has been one that points to Christ Jesus. Who He is, what He has done and what that means to us.
And now, Paul closes this letter with some encouraging words. I find it a double blessing today as we are seeing two of our members launching into another phase of their life’s journey. One graduating college another High School.
This message could be titled, “A Parting Message of Encouragement to all Sons And Daughters.” It is with great hope that you will take these words to heart and let them be an encouragement today and for the rest of your life.
1. You Have a God of Peace V20a- We human fathers have more than likely failed you at times. Surely many fathers have failed. They haven’t been at peace with themselves. They have been fickle, self absorbed, divided hearts, emotional wrecks, stressful, angry, warring, domineering, angry, frustrating, control freaks….etc…
But if Christ Jesus is your Heavenly Father, you have a God of Peace as your Father, always! He is consistent, never changing, never failing. He is at peace with Himself and at Peace with you.
You should never run away from this Father. You should always cling to Him. For direction, for His Providence, for His Protection, for His Wisdom, for His Loving kindness, For His Mercy, for His Grace, for His Presence.
V20b- teaches us that He is the giver of life. He is all powerful, all eternal, and will keep you in this life and raise you again to live eternally with Him in Heaven.
2. Follow the Shepherd V20c- IT goes against the grain today of most people. Most people are independent. Self governing. Self directed. They want to be in charge, in control, masters of their own destinies. They don’t want to lose that control or that independence.
But throughout the Bible, God’s people are referred to as sheep. Sheep gather. Sheep follow. Sheep are dependent. They are governed. In this case, by the Shepherd Himself. He is the Good Shepherd. He cares for His Sheep. His sheep depend on Him for guidance, strength, sustenance, health, safety, virtually every area of life.
Follow your Shepherd Jesus Christ. Don’t follow the shepherd of the world. The shepherd of your own heart’s desire. The shepherd of your peers at school or the workplace.
Stray away from self absorbed, self=motivated, self directed, independent people. They will only try to cause you to stray away from the Good Shepherd. They are only there to steal and destroy.
Rather, you follow the direction of Jesus. From His Word the Bible. Listen to His Voice. Be Jesus motivated, Jesus directed, Jesus dependent, Jesus absorbed, in all your ways and all your days.
Others may ridicule you, they may ostracize you, they may say you will fail in this world etc… You say Psalm 21!
3. How is Jesus Your Great Shepherd? V20d- The Blood of the EVERLASTING Covenant. Be in a covenant relationship with Him. Those that are in Covenant with Jesus, are His Sheep. His followers. Those who display a hard hearted, hard headed, independence, are not sheep, they are goats. Gospel.
On the last day, the Great Shepherd of the Sheep will separate the sheep and the goats.
4. The Will of God and my prayer for you V21-
a. Make you complete in every work to do His Will – The Holy Spirit is in you. You have been given Spiritual Gifts and will gain more throughout your life.
Spiritual Gifts don’t work unless you do! Stay focused on using your gifts within the local church.
Mature in them. We pray that you will grow more and more. In every work to do His Will.
b. Be pleasing in His Sight, Jesus working through you, all for His Glory 21b- Preach it.
Message to all sons and daughters – applies to everyone who is born again.