The Good Shepherd

Cross-posted at Vertical

Brothers and Sisters, if you died tonight do you know for certain you will go to heaven?

Do you say, “I hope so!”?

Do you say, “No one can know”?

Do you say, “Yes, because I…”?

As a child I would have said, “Yes, because I am Catholic.” Today, my answer couldn’t be more different.

In the tenth chapter of John we meet Christ, the Good Shepherd. It is here that we can go to learn the answer to our question. It is here that we come face-to-face with God’s sovereign grace.

In answering the Jews questions, Christ gives us the answer we are looking for.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

(John 10:27-30 ESV)

Do you understand what Jesus is saying here?

We are His sheep (v 3-4) and He is our Good Shepherd (v 11). He is the door (v 9) by which we enter eternal peace with God. He lays down his life for His sheep (v 15). Christ is the one shepherd of one flock (v 16) and we are to follow Him. He gives us eternal life that begins in the here and now (v 10).

We are His sheep. All of His sheep hear his voice. None of His sheep will ever perish. Not one of His sheep will be lost. He joyfully receives His sheep from His Father. The sheep are held together in the hands of of Jesus and the Father. Jesus, the Father (and the Holy Spirit) are one in unison here.

If you died tonight, do you know for certain you will go to heaven? The sheep find rest in the answer. Yes, my Good Shepherd shed His blood to reconcile me, a sheep gone astray, to God the Father through his death and resurrection. I will be with my Shepherd for eternity!