John 10:14-21 ~ October 30, 2011

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     Last Sunday, the LORD spoke to us of His desire in verses 14-15 that we would be in relationship with Him as He is with the Father.  He reminded us of John 5:19. Jesus said, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” Jesus says that He cannot do anything He wants.  He is in a Father-Son relationship.  He only does what He sees the Father do.  In John 4:34 & 5:30, we can see that Jesus came to do the will of the Father.  Everything He does is what the Father wants.  So the LORD shows us the way our relationship with Him is supposed to be by showing us His relationship with the Father.  The LORD wants to have an intimate relationship with us.  You know when you are with someone or in the words of today when you are hanging out with someone you grow to know what they want.  The LORD wants us to have a relationship like this with Him. 

     In verses 15-17, the LORD speaks about the fact that the Father loves Jesus because He has the amazing mind of knowing what must be done to save the Father’s precious beloved man that He had created in His image.  He will lay down His life for precious mankind.  This is the heart of the Father, Hebrews 10:4-7. Jesus shows us He knows that the sacrificial system was only God’s plan of mercy, but was not sufficient because it did not take away our sin.  It only covered them.  Jesus knew that He had been given a human body to become the “Lamb of God that TAKES AWAY sin”, not just covering sin as the animal sacrifice. In Philippians 2:5-8, we see that Jesus willingly laid down His form as God in Heaven and humbled Himself,.  He put on the form of a man to be sacrificed in the place of mankind taking away their sin. 

     In verse 16, Jesus told us that He has “One Fold.”  The word “Fold” means A Place, A Court/a Mansion/A Palace Opened to the Wind.”  The “Wind” Represents The Holy Spirit.  The wind brings life to the sheep and refreshes them as well as blowing away the stench of the life of the flesh.  This fold is the Kingdom of God.  Jesus went first to the descendants of Abraham, not to all who are born Jewish but to all that looked for Messiah, Matthew 10:5-6.  But, it was the will of the Father that all of mankind would come into His fold, Isaiah 11:10, which is the Kingdom of God.  Not only was it His will, but He came and made a provision for all to know and that they would receive His provision which He made, Ephesians 2:13-15. 

     In verses 17-18, Jesus shows us that He was willing to lay down His life for mankind.  He knew that He could take away our sins and would be able through His power as God to overcome death, rise from the dead and pour out His Spirit to mankind because they were now cleansed and ready to be filled with His Spirit thus receiving salvation.

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