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Jesus’ Sheep: Sent, Suffer, and Secure

March 2, 2010

Have you ever considered how precious is this precious promise of Jesus?

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 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.  (John 10:27-29)

Every one of Jesus’ sheep are safe and secure in the grip of the Good Shepherd who put the choke hold on death and crushed the head of the serpent.  This security, grounded in the covenant of redemption between the Father and the Son before the world began, does not mean we are free from dangers, absent from the threat of wolves, or immune from the plotting of thieves and robbers.  Indeed, not only are we not free from them, our Good Shepherd sends us in the midst of them.  To His disciples, Jesus says:

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves . . .. (Matt. 10:16)

This promise of security and eternal life is precious because we are sent in the midst of people who want to take our lives from us!  We are sent in the midst of wolves for the sake of rescuing other sheep.  Is this not what Jesus means when he refers to in John 10:16?

And 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, one shepherd (John 10:16).

How will Jesus bring those other sheep who are not of this fold if it is not done through his sheep who are being sent in the midst of wolves?  The salvation and deliverance of other sheep will come through the sent living of his sheep who are not afraid to go into the heart of the wolves den and embrace suffering as their calling.