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Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”  (John 10:11-18, NRSV)

Jesus lays down His life for the sheep.

The hired hand runs away. Who is that? Well, that could be current pastors and priests, current leaders of the body, when the going gets tough, they just exit stage left and run away. But Jesus won’t run away. He will stand and fight and die for the sheep if He has to.

He does this willing. Which for me shows us also the greatest proof for the resurrection if you need one other than the promises from the Bible. You see all of the disciples were martyred for their faith, killed for what they believe. If it was a hoax, wouldn’t one of them have given it up before they died? Most men won’t die to save another or die for a lie. So that is the best proof there is, and it shows the depth of the love our shepherd has for us!

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I am what I am

Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe. Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:1-26, NRSV)

I yam what I yam… I remember Popeye saying this on Saturday morning cartoons. He was different from everyone else and they made fun of him for it, but he didn’t care.

And Paul says the same thing. “But by the grace of God, I am what I am.” But by the grace of God. But by the gift of God.

God made Paul who he was, and God makes us who we are!

Gifting us with many wonderful things.

So be  you, everyone else is already taken and God didn’t make you to be someone else!

 

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ate manna

Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:41-51, NRSV)

Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness and died!

You will all die unless you feast on the bread I give you and that bread is my flesh…

Hard to understand. Hard to accept.

You see Jesus and God are not going to be fit into our boxes so we understand everything that is going on. God’s ways are far above us, and we will not understand it.

That is where faith comes in.

We must take it on faith, and follow where He leads us.

Because they ate manna and died.

And all of us will die the physical death of this life, but then if we believe and trust and have faith in Jesus life will not end.

So that one may eat it and not die!

Jesus is good news and He has come to help us see the way to live and the love to share!

So take and eat, and take and drink and live in God forever!

 

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Jesus is

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. (John 6:1-21, NRSV)

The feeding of the 5000, and Jesus walking on water…

2 stories not related, yet smacked together for us here this morning, or maybe they are related.

Jesus in the first story asked Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” It was a test.

When has Jesus asked you to do something in your mind you knew was impossible.

I mean that is how Philip responded right? “Jesus what you are asking for is impossible!” We don’t have the resources to feed this many people.

And then Jesus showed him, and the other disciples, well, what do we have, 2 small fish and 5 small loaves. Probably just enough for this little boy to have lunch, and nothing more, but Jesus can take this little bit and turn it into something much greater!

Because you see Jesus in the walking on water story shows who He really is.

Jesus says, “It is I, do not be afraid.” Or at least the is what our translation says.

But Jesus says something more powerful that put the disciples in their place.

The actual Greek text is: “ἐγώ εἰμι· μὴ φοβεῖσθε.” The translation of this is, “I am, do not fear!”

Jesus claimed the name of God from Exodus. The disciples would have heard this and known the name of God. I am. Jesus said “I am.”

You see Jesus is Good News, and we are the receivers of that.

He is God and is in control, not only of 2 fish and five loaves, but of our lives and the wind and the rain, and all the elements of the world!

Jesus is Good News and brings it to us every day, and empowers us to bring that to the world!

So the next time Jesus asks you to do something that is impossible, just remember Jesus is Good News! And He will always be with you!

 

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a voice

“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.’ “It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.’ He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us. (Acts 7:30-38, NRSV)

The bush burned but wa snot consumed by the fire.

It was a miracle that would draw any of us to it.

But then the voice comes…

A voice comes from the burning bush. And it says, “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

I am, not I was…

God is the God of all time, but that also implies that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are with God. God is still their God, as well as Moses’ as well as ours.

And that voice that called to Moses from the bush, calls to you today!

Listen, and follow where He is leading you to go.

 

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I AM

Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him. (John 8:21-30, NRSV)

“for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” This is an interesting statement which we read and understand one way thanks to the translators…

And the response is equally interesting, “Who are you?” Now why would the Jews ask this question when Jesus said, “for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he?”

They were asking “Who are you?” Because Jesus said “for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am.” You see in the Greek there is nothing that says he after Jesus says ἐγώ εἰμι (I am). And ἐγώ εἰμι is what God says to Moses when Moses asks Him what he should tell people when they ask who sent him. ἐγώ εἰμι is I am and that is the name of God.

Jesus said “You will die in your sins if you do not believe I am God!”

So do you?

And if you do what are you doing about it?

 

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