Our culture is so focused on making everyone equal that even in the church people act as if they were on the same level as God. Listen and learn how Jesus, who was on the same level as God, acted towards His Father and learn how that applies to your life.
- Luke 12
- Philippians 2
- Luke 22
Near the end of the book of Acts we read about Paul being imprisoned, ignored, nearly throw overboard, and shipwrecked. To top if off he gets bit by a viper while tending the fire and then people start talking trash about him. Listen and learn how to overcome life by being a snake wrangler.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!!!!!! In an epic battle thousands of years in the making your heart is the prize as the thief faces off against the Shepherd!!!
WHO WILL WIN?
So a while ago Tony was playing outside. This should not come as a surprise. This boy loves outside. In face we had to put a lock on that the kids can’t reach because we kept catching him unlocking the door and running outside before we even woke up. He would roam the woods and Tyler (our dog) went with him. Oh, and he was two when this was going down.
Anyways, this time I looked and saw Tony with a ride on toy at the top of the slide. He was poised to go down the slide and I barked for him to stop. There he was, teetering on the edge. I could see him thinking it through as I was yelling for him to stop, sprinting towards him and imagining the worst.
He had thought it through. Slides are fun, ride on toys are fun. Obviously a ride on toy plus a slide would be super fun. Time froze as I watched him edge forward … then he stopped and looked at me. His moment was gone and he stood up, throwing the toy over the side and then sliding down. It was the most pitiful slide you ever saw.
He walked sulkily towards me and looked absolutely miserable. So I told him, “I am so sorry I wouldn’t let you break your neck.” Without missing a beat he looked up at me, tears in his eyes, and said, “I’d ok daddy, I forgive you.”
We get this picture of good and evil like this Angel on one shoulder and little Devil on the other. The devil is telling us all the fun stuff to do but the angel is trying to make us behave. That is what Jesus is talking about here. Look what happens.
It’s like with Tony, I was pushing him to do the right thing but he REALLY wanted to do the other. Because of that the joy he found in the slide normally was gone.
That is what Jesus is talking about here. Let’s go check it out again.
New International Version (NIV)
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—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. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”