Lessons from Jesus

One Flock

John 10:9 – I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10, verses 1 to 19 contain the wonderful passage of Jesus as the good shepherd. The words he speaks are full of hope and love alongside caution and warning. It is a lesson in being careful who you trust and who you follow.

Jesus teaches, “He who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.” We should beware of those who claim to love the Lord but seem only to bring discord and division among God’s people. Those who cause strife and discontentment, rob us of our unity in Christ. The only way to combat this is to know the voice of the Saviour. When we study God’s Word and listen to the teachings of Jesus, we get to know his voice. Then, when someone else comes along, leading us in their own direction, we will recognise the voice to be untrue.

Jesus tells us that the sheep hear the voice of the shepherd, he calls them by name and leads them; he goes before them and they follow because they know his voice. He has said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” All those who respond to the call of Jesus are brought into the fold. The children of Israel may have been God’s chosen people from the beginning but Jesus, through this passage, informs the Jews:

“I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

Over the years, man has created his own divisions within the church with the Abrahamic religion splitting into Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Christian religion has since diverged into at least 30 different denominations and yet in AD33 Jesus declared One flock, One shepherd. Division comes when we listen to our own voice above that of the Lord’s.

I have been part of four different fellowships during the last 50 years and each one was filled with people who truly loved the Lord and just wanted to live for him. I pray that we strive toward those things that unite us in Christ because a lost world does not need a divided church; it needs to see unity –

One God – One People – One Gospel for All.

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