Jesus: The Eternal Divider John 10:19-21

Text:  When the Son of man (Christ Jesus) shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory; and before Him shall be gathered all nations; and He shall SEPARATE them one from another, as a Shepherd DIVIDETH His sheep from the goats; and He shall set the sheep (saved) on His right hand, but the goats (lost) on the left.  Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Matthew 25:31-34.

Good morning, separated Christian!  When the Lord God redeemed your soul and mine, He made an Eternal division.  He made an Eternal separation when He brought us - by His grace and faith in Christs Atonement alone - into His family, the universal Church.  The Lord God made an Eternal division.  Thank you, Lord God, for separating ‘…your people…’ from this world of sin and shame.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call His Name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.   (Matthew 1:21)

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  (John 6:37)

You and I are therefore separated Christians; we have been chosen by God the Father for Salvation; given as a gift to God the Son, Christ Jesus, and ‘…sealed…’ by God the Spirit for time and for Eternity.  We are the ‘…sheep…’ of His Heavenly Pasture.  Wow!  What a gracious Lord God!

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker.  For He is our God; and we are the people of His Pasture, and the sheep of His hand…”  (Psalm 95:7)

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.  (Psalm 100:3)

Our selected Bible verses today inform us that ‘…There was a division therefore AGAIN among the Jews for these sayings.  (V.19)

So, let us ask ourselves, what causes such divisions among men, and families, and even entire nations - when the Lord Jesus Christ speaks?

The Lord Jesus in the previous verses declared openly that He was the Good Shepherd, that He would ‘…give His life for the sheep…’; that God the Father knew Him personally, and that He not only knew God the Father, but that He was, in fact, God the Son, the Lord of all life, Who had ‘…power…’ to lay down His life, and ‘…power to take it again.  (Vs. 11; 15-18)

By saying these things, the Lord Jesus Christ was declaring Himself to be the Son of God with power; He was claiming to be co-equal with God the Father!  IF He was genuine, He was making the most significant statements ever made in the Jewish tradition.  IF He were not genuine, then He was committing the biggest act of religious blasphemy ever heard.  The people listening would, personally, determine which truth applied to them.

There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. (V.19)

Some immediately decided that Christ Jesus was demon possessed; that He was mad; that His Word was not even worth listening to!  (V.20)

Others were more circumspect, knowing that the words Jesus spoke were not the words of ‘…Him that hath a devil…’; and then brought in the relevant nature of Christs miraculous work in healing the blind man. (V.21)

Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the very works sake.  (John 14:11)

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”                (James 2:17)

Jesus spoke.  Some believed.  Some did not.  Has anything changed today?  Gods Eternal Division continues. 

The Word of the Living Lord God is sent forth - as He always has been sent forth - to call Gods elect souls into His Kingdom.  Are we still listening?

So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void (empty), but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (I.e. granting faith to Gods chosen and Divinely elected people).  (Isaiah 55:11)

“…Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Thought:  On which side of Christs Eternal division will you stand?

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.