One Flock and One Shepherd
"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 AND ONE SHEPHERD."
1. Other sheep, not of this fold. Who were the sheep in the fold of Jesus Christ, the good shepherd? His disciples, the apostles and all who came to Him seeking salvation from sin, sorrow, trial and tribulation. There were many others who needed to be drawn to that sheepfold. Twelve or more were listed as listening to Peter's sermon on that day of Pentacost, to say nothing of Jews, Greeks, Gentiles, Romans, as well as totally heathen pagan nations. Today there 34,000 sects and denominations who claim some sort of connection with The Christ. They have created 3.5 million congregations, and claim a membership of 1.9 billion souls. There are sects which practice vile teachings of which Jesus would never approve. Millions still worship false gods, or even Satan himself. Would Jesus say I must bring them also? 2. I must bring them also Would Jesus say "I must bring them also?" Yes it is His will that all men come to repentance and be saved from their sins. The only way this can happen is if they "listen to my voice". So says the Lord Jesus himself. How can they believe in Him whom they have heard, how shall they hear without a teacher, and what if no teacher comes to teach? How will they listen to his voice? 3. They will listen to my voice. Someone must come to be that voice. In the limited commission Jesus sent men to the lost of the house of Israel. They went, taught, and did many mighty works as the spokesmen (the voice of the shepherd) and many believed, and came to repentance. The last, and great commission He gave to His Disciples. (and to us also) That was the command; "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15 We too have been called to "listen to His voice". This was not just a request from Jesus to us; it was a command. 4. There will be one flock, one shepherd When we have accepted the call, it is incumbent upon us all to do the job and do the job well. And not IF but WHEN we have done this job well, we shall all be... ONE FLOCK AND JESUS SHALL BE THE ONE SHEPHERD.