Jesus: The Lord of Life John 10:16-18

Text:  “In the beginning was the Word (Christ Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.  In Him (Christ Jesus) was LIFE; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
John 1:1-5.

Good morning Spiritually living Christian!  Before the Lord Jesus redeemed your soul and mine, we were ‘…dead in trespasses and sins…’; lost in Spiritual darkness; and without hope for time or Eternity.

Now: We are alive indeed; redeemed from past present and future sins; and filled with certain hope of life abundant today, and Eternal life forever more.  Can we not rejoice together at this truth and shout ‘Hallelujah! Jesus is Life?

“…I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10b)

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Let’s you and I who are blessed with such Eternal life continually seek to crown Christ Jesus as the Lord of all life.  Praise His majestic Name!

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the virgin’s Son, the God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won which now His brow adorn;
Fruit of the mystic rose, as of that rose the stem;
The root whence mercy ever flows, the Babe of Bethlehem.

Crown Him the Son of God, before the worlds began,
And ye who tread where He hath trod, crown Him the Son of Man;
Who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own, that all in Him may rest.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of peace, whose power a sceptre sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise.
His reign shall know no end, and round His piercèd feet
Fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the King to Whom is given the wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is King of all.

Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.

Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

Matthew Bridges (1800 - 1894)
Words: Verses 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9: Matthew Bridges, The Passion of Jesus, 1852; verses 2 & 3: Godfrey Thring, Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874.
Music: Diademata, George J. Elvey (1816-1893), Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868. Alternate tune: Oliva Speciosa, 18th Century Italian melody.  (© Copy NetHymnal, All rights reserved.)
Thought:  No mere man could take life from the Lord of Life - Christ Jesus!  He laid down His life for sinners, just like you and me.  (John 10:18)

Jesus: The Good Shepherd John 10:11-15

Text:  I am the good Shepherd; the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”                                                                   
John 10:11.

Good morning, well-cared for Christian!  In the physical realm of everyday life in rural areas, a person who would shepherd sheep must necessarily be an individual who truly cares for the sheep in his/her charge.  No cruel and careless individual would be permitted to be in a position of charge over any ‘dumb animal’ - and in the Spiritual Realm, praise God, it is no different.

You and I are saved by, worship, know and love, the Good Shepherd - Jesus Christ.  We are cared for by Him every moment of every minute of every day.  Our Good Shepherd gave His very life for us, His sheep.  He has saved us, He has kept us; He has, does, and always will love us and care for us dearly.  Praise God for Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd of our very souls!

“Know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture…For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”  (Psalm 100:3;5)

All People That On Earth Do Dwell

(The Old One Hundredth)

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom Heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.

                                             William Kethe  ?-1594

William Kethe: ?-1594  Died: June 6, 1594, Dorsetshire, England.

William Kethe was a Scottish clergyman who spent a great deal of time in exile for his faith. He lived in both Frankfurt, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland, and helped translate the Geneva Bible in 1560. Two dozen of his hymns appeared in the Anglo-Genevan Psalter of 1561. He returned to England and served as vicar at Childe Okeford, Dorsetshire (1561-1593), and as a military chaplain under the Earl of Warwick at Havre.

Louis Bourgeois: 1510-1561

Music to the above Hymn: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, in Four Score and Seven Psalms of David (Geneva, Switzerland, 1551)

Born: Circa 1510, Paris, France.  Died: 1561, Paris, France.

Bourgeois followed John Calvin to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1541. He became a cantor at the Church of St. Pierre, and edited the Genevan Psalter. At one point, he was jailed for modifying some well known tunes. Fortunately, hymnists do not face such strict penalties today. Bourgeois reportedly left Geneva in 1557. His works include: Le droit chemin de musique, 1550.”      (© Copy NetHymnal, All rights reserved.)

We have probably all sung the Great ‘Old One Hundredth’ hymn, taken of course from Psalm 100 in our Bibles, but have we really thought it through while singing, and been Spiritually aware of how blessed we are in having Christ Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and not some covetous ‘hireling‘?

“The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  I am the good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.  As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:13-15)  Hallelujah!  What a GREAT Shepherd!

Let us give thanks for this great fact of faith.  Let us be obedient sheep.

Thought:  True love for God is shown in true obedience to Christ Jesus.

Jesus: the Door to Heaven John 10:1-10

Text:  “But he/she that entereth in (to Heaven) by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep.”
John 10:2.
          “Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12.

Good morning, legitimate Christian!  There is ONE legitimate way into Heaven; one door alone through which the soul can enter into the Heavenly Realm - and that legitimate entrance is by grace, through faith, in the Person and Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Door to Heaven.  Hallelujah!  We can come no other way!

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Increasingly, in this age of ‘easy-believism’, liberalism, and post-modernistic apostasy, we find ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ who have crept into the universal church institutions in one way or another - trying desperately to teach the concept of multi-faith religion.  What a dangerous thing to do!

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (I.e wantonness; greedy for personal gain and prestige, etc.), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Jude 4)

“This KNOW also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection (homosexual), truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.”  (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

These latter-day charlatans, self-gain coveters, seek to militantly promote the blasphemous notion that there is more than one way to receive Salvation; more than one way to Heaven; more than one Door of Heavenly entrance.  Bible-believing Christian, BEWARE!

Our Bibles, God’s revealed Word and will to mankind, clearly teaches us that there is only ONE DOOR to Eternal life; ONE DOOR of entrance to God’s Presence in the Heavenly Realm.  

That ONE DOOR is through the Lord Jesus Christ and His once for all time full Atonement for sin at that place called Calvary.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God is - exclusive of all others - the only way to receive Eternal life.  That’s the Gospel truth.  HE is the Gospel Truth.  Trust in Him, and in Him alone, and enter Heaven’s Door.  (John 17:17) (John 1:1; 14)

“Verily (truly), verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the Door into the Sheepfold, but climbed up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”  (John 10:1)

“Marvel not that I (Christ Jesus) say unto thee, Ye MUST be born again.”   (John 3:7)

Political Marxists all accept the teachings of Karl Marx.  Buddhists all accept the teachings of Buddha - ‘…a title applied to Sakyamuni or Gautama, the 5th Century N. Indian founder of a religion of spiritual purity…’.  Roman Catholics all accept the teachings of Roman Catholicism and seek to be obedient to the R.C. Pope.  Hindus ‘…believe in a form of Brahmanism…a caste system for India…reincarnation…the worship of several ‘gods’, etc.  (The Chamber’s Dictionary definitions)

Is it too much to ask, therefore, that men and women who call ourselves ‘Christians’ should seek to follow the risen Christ Jesus, serve Him, and adhere to His teachings ALONE?

Christ Jesus teaches us that He alone is the Door to Heaven.  Do you believe it, professing Christian?

Christ Jesus clearly teaches us that trusting in His Sacrifice alone to Atone for our sins is the only way of Eternal Salvation.  Do you believe it?

The Lord Jesus in today’s selected Bible Reading from John’s Gospel proclaims Himself to be ‘…the Door…’ to Heaven.  Do you believe it?

“I am the door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”  (John 10:10)

Thought:  True Christians promote, proclaim, and seek to obey the teachings of Christ alone!  Faith in Christ alone brings life Eternal.  Praise be to His Name!