Holy Spirit Speaks

July 6th, 2011

Sheep, Gospel of John, & The Father’s Will

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Written by: Gene


As I was preparing for my Sunday Lesson, I was going through the Scriptures. I mean really, yes I use the Bible to preach…

As I was browsing through them, the word “sheep” was highlighted in my mind. When I pulled up the word search results for “sheep”, I was surprised how they read as they were used in the Gospel of John.

It was like Jesus had hidden a message in the Gospel of John that totally unlocks the Will of God for today.

Take a look at this by reading aloud the texts (without the passage references)…

1. John 2:14 – In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.

2. John 2:15 – So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

3. John 5:2 – Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.

4. John 10:1 – “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

5. John 10:2 – The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

6. John 10:3 – The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

7. John 10:4 – When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

8. John 10:7 – Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.

9. John 10:8 – All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.

10.John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

11.John 10:12  -The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

12.John 10:13 – The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

13.John 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—

14.John 10:15 – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

15.John 10:16 – I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

16.John 10:26 – but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

17.John 10:27 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

18.John 21:16 – Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

19.John 21:17 – The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Remember that you are the sheep that Jesus is referring to. He saw you held captive and freed you. He warned you against those who would harm you, and abandon you. Jesus will never abandon you, and you need to listen to Him and follow Him. He loved you enough to die for you, and He wants you to love His other sheep as well.

If we as the Body of Christ would remember to live this simple Gospel, we would do more than we could ever imagine for our Lord.

Thank you sweet Holy Spirit for you revealed secrets!


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A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.

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