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August 30, 2021 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast today. Our desire is for the word of God spread throughout so that all may know Christ. Join us now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina, Chapter 15, if you'll turn their this morning were introducing a new series for a couple of weeks entitled God's lost and found and you know every school has a lost and found section and I forget, back when. Sometime we had a watch at our school, I think, from Dell so much until both Tonya Burchett work in the office of the school and they had lost the founders watching that lost the found that it been there almost 2 years and they kept asking students.
In essence, nobody claimant, so I got it any of you that you say why did you get it.
I just got it okay and any of you say will if you knowingly about watches, it was a tag Heuer yeah so I enjoyed the lost and found section at school is the one thing I miss the most at the school anyway. Not the students just lost the found section but in Luke chapter 15 God this chapter by the way, this is not original with me. This is been known for years as God's lost and found chapter and over the next couple weeks were to be dealing with that today the lost sheep. They will be dealing with the lost silver, then the lost son and then the lost sibling and God was preaching here obviously in the ministry of Jesus was preaching to the Pharisees and wants to begin at verse one. If you will, and the subject today is the lost sheep. Look at verse one. If you will, then drew near unto him, him being Jesus all the publicans and sinners for to hear him verse two and the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying this man receive it. Sinners and Edith with them.
Two things in these two verses are a theme throughout Scripture publicly publicans it's not Republicans, publicans who obviously are the down and outers, the ones that didn't have necessarily the degree or the heritage publicans public been a long week. You really have publicans and sinners always drew near to Christ and Pharisees and scribes always murmured about him that the two things always happen. The sinners drew near to Christ.
The religious crowd criticized him and you know Jesus never throughout his earthly ministry ever had a problem with the lost individual all of his problems came from the religious crowd.
Some things never change is amazing you find individual that just been living life like the way they wanted to announce in and just had no parameters and no boundaries in and all of a sudden they can't get right with God and get around Christian people, and we've had that happen right here in this church the last few years and and and they realize you know what, even though people are Christians. The real and and they love you for who you are in different things and lease Christians ought to, and they get around them in there just so thankful to be at church and enjoyed so much in they enjoy everything in the music and they're just glad for it. They're not complaining that they didn't get to sing as much a so-and-so and they didn't get to do as much a so-and-so if they don't get to play an instrument, as much a so-and-so and they don't get to do this, or they don't get the teach a class there just glad to be in charge there enjoying being saved and they just me and this is the greatest thing since the wheel with somebody that's been saved year after year to year since and pulls apart criticizes everything in a charge everybody in the church everybody on the platform and before long you got no problem from the loss. I can tell right now need to move on to a different subject. We were three and he spake this parable unto them, saying, what man of you having an hundred sheep. If you lose one of them, doth not leave the 90 and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost, until he find it.
Everything is singular in that verse one sheep's lost and when he's lost that sheep, he goes after that sheep look at verse five when he hath found, he lay a fit on his shoulders, rejoicing when he cometh home he called together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repented more than over 90 and nine just persons which need no repentance. All God's people side of this passage.
Aren't you glad God loves lost people.
And aren't you glad that once you become his sheep that he loves you even when you run away.
There's a lot of debate over this passage and I got my own personal feelings that this is about Jesus's love for lost individuals and I will tell you that Jesus loves lost individuals. It doesn't matter where you been, what you've done what you have gone through what mistakes you made. He loves you no matter what.
Doesn't matter your color your upbringing. It doesn't matter. He loves you.
He died for you and he wants to save you today but I believe that this passage personally is about saved individuals that have gone away from God not tell you why notice if you would verse six. At the very end he comes the shepherd here calls his neighbors and his friends and he says rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. If you and I are his sheep were say were not his sheep and then we run off and were lost. And then we gotta get saved again when where his sheep were his sheep and the Bible says that his sheep knows his voice and he knows those that are his sheep, but I believe that this passage is talking. You're always look at verse three and he spake this parable unto them, who is them. Look at verse two and the Pharisees and scribes murmured. So Jesus goes into a sermon to the religious hypocritical crowd and he begins to give them three different parables. We would call them that's for you to deal with over these next couple of weeks now.
I want to give you before I dig into this on the get Shepley a time. I know our services were little bit long.
Last Sunday morning sideways and I we had singing groups and all that stuff and out on the to be respectful that you jump in your time today. Make that up to you okay but I wanted to be some characteristics about sheep know this is beyond what we would normally do not here to give you the whole thing about us. The shepherd and his sheep. There so many things we can bring into that it would take a week to do that but I want to give me some things that in my research I didn't know, and so as God characterizes us as sheep he brings in the play one sheep that was lost, and he loves that sheep enough that he goes after that one loss sheet which proves number one this that he would've died just for you if you love one sheep that much he loves you that much that he would've died on the cross. If it was just for you only. Second, it means this, that every body that is saved is important to God. There's not one person in this church that is more important than the other person including the pastor.
I'm here to say right now I'm no more important than any of you. We are all important. Equally, in the eyes of God.
We all have our roles that God has called us to. And it is our job to exercise ourselves in those roles without murmuring without complaining and to be content with such things as we have everybody agree with that statement number one is this sheep spend their day.
Their entire day eating grass. Hour after hour all sheep do is eat grass that is a printer that's not really an interesting characteristic. Well, it is because that would sound peaceful to me that would sound fun to just eat 24 hours a day if you want to.
I have lost weight. By the way, thank you Nick. I got my cast my slings and all that stuff off of my arms get a break get it already would have it I been working in hard as I me to get this weight off, since apparently my staff like to pick on me about it, but that she this constant eating creates problems and I do know this, so I want you to hear this.
For starters when she show up to eat, especially in Bible days here when sheep would move from pastor to pastor and we have different ways that we raise animals nowadays and we shouldn't full of hormones. Half the time the walkaround would like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Within a month, you know, think, so that we can get 5000 chicken breast of one chicken. You know, kind of thing but in these days when sheep would move from pastor to pastor sheep would sit there literally and eat all day long standing there and they would leave absolutely no grass in an area and that would create a problem because then there would be no grass or cattle to graze in and shepherds had a problem because they had to keep moving there sheep because if they let them alone they would sit there.
They would stand there and literally eat all the grass in the area and if they move them to another, there would be nothing left. It would all be taken say why is that important. Not only that, because a sheep would sit there and basically sheep eat all day long.
They do not see what the other sheep were doing and because a sheep eat all day long.
He has a tendency to go from the next patch of grass to the next patch of grass to the next patch of grass and before long the sheep can wander off because he did not pay attention to the herd and he didn't pay attention to the shepherd because he is all he does is eat all day long.
That's why sheep have a tendency to move on and on and on because they're so focused on eating that the wander off but it really realize all that about sheep are less likely that Psalm 23 says that that Bible says that I was a God is our shepherd, and he leads us beside still waters.
I used and I've always said that obviously that God made were she could no drinking we could get the drink that we need from from God's word different things. But what's interesting is is that she cannot drink and move fast moving water and here's why.
If they fall in they drowned. If a sheep eats at Stillwater and he goes into the water, he can come back out. But as sheep because of his rule and that will become so heavy and water and sheep's muscles are so small that if a sheep was feeding and raging waters and a sheep fell in those waters would absolutely engulf him because of the way and he could not fight himself out and he would literally drown from the weight of his own skin know that I found thoroughly that sheep. Obviously we know those are born followers. Sheep are told what to do but that doesn't mean what they do sheep do what they see done. Whatever the sheep in front of them done. In fact, you will find numerous instances, not only the word of God. But in nowadays that there are sheep. There were literally walked off a cliff because a sheep was grazing next to a cliff and lost his footing and fell over the cliff and when a sheep sees that sheep go over the cliff will follow him right over the cliff and before you know it, 10 sheep, will commit suicide going right over the cliff simply because that's what the one in front of them did he say that's Dawn. God calls us sheep. How often do you and I follow other people instead of the shepherd. I found this for that in obit sheep are helpless against predators. Not only this sheep do not fight back in Bible days.
Obviously we have biblical answers that lions and wolves and panthers and leopards and bears. Even hyenas a step ago after sheep at an end, they will kill sheep and here's what happened.
Sheep don't fight back. They don't give any resistance. The problem is when they see predators coming they gang up in a ball and that makes it easy for the printer to get all of if sheep were smart they would separate but you know what sheep do they're so dumb and they're so helpless that when a predator comes at them.
They gang together so it makes it easier for him to get all of it once makes no sense does I notice is fiddly that under certain circumstances, a sheep can get turned over on its back and is not able to get up the list of this, I found that I thought I do know this.
This is actually fatal to sheep. Most of us sheep's vital bodily functions depend on gravity and I do know this, and if a sheep ends up on his back. Many times they are not able to turn themselves back over and with the lack of gravity there bodily functions.
The blood floods out of their legs, they cannot digest their food, their internal organs quit working and they will die on their backs. That's why shepherds have to constantly watch their sheep and they literally have to turn them back over or they'll die many times have you and I ended up in our back and is only the grace of God put us back on our feet went out this morning very quickly on the lost sheep someone in this passage want you to see this that the good Shepherd seeks his sheep noticing you in verse four very simple this morning. What man of you having an hundred sheep. If you lose one of them, doth not leave the 90 and nine in the wilderness and notice these two words and go after that which is lost, until he find number one I want you to see here a compassionate search for just one sheep was missing. 99 were okay and you would think that you know what well I still am still 99 to the good, but that Shepherd has so much compassion in this passage for that one. She that he will leave that 90 and nine sheep and he will go after that one lost sheep because he has that much compassion for that sheep.
That's our God that does that for us to give you verse with 1910 for the Son of Man is come to seek and to save us in this that which is lost.
I never saw this… Again to this message. It does not say. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save those which were lost is that he is come to seek and save that which was lost.
He would come just for one.
What a compassionate Shepherd. We have John 10 seven listen this then said Jesus unto them again, barely barely a sand you I am the door of the sheep.
Verse nine says I am the door by me. If any man singular enter in peace singular shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. Look at me dear friend Jesus has so much compassion for you that he is concerned about you.
Out of all the people in the world you compassionate search.
Second, we see a costly search. You see, often times for a shepherd to go after a sheep. It meant great danger to the shepherd because oftentimes she would at an and as I dug into this I realize that oftentimes sheep will see patches of grass or something that look good to them and rocky areas and they will literally jump as much is 10 to 15 feet down to get to an area where they can eat grass. The problem is when they get down there. They don't have the strength or the ability to get back up and delete that grass there at that area and then they're stuck and they can't get anywhere in oftentimes the shepherd will have to tire up to something and not to lower themselves down and it means that they're in danger that they could fall and it's a great risk to them and so not only was this a compassionate search but it was a costly search to look at Melissa Jimmy for the shepherd. The search was dangerous, and death was a possibility, but for our good Shepherd. Death was a necessity. You don't think that it was costly for Jesus to come after us lost sheep. It cost him everything we see a compassionate search.
We see a costly search.
John 1011 Jesus said this, I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. What you notice. Thirdly, we have a consistent search.
This is what this is what's great.
The shepherd did not stop until his mission had been completed. He goes after that which is lost.
Notice those last four words until he find it.
He will not stop until he finds it, I found this is Manning Dr. Andrew Boehner and he lives in the Highlands of Scotland and he told the story about as he heard sheep. I wanted I wanted to read this to you. He said that sheep would often wander off into the rocks and get into places that they couldn't get out of the grass on these mountains is very sweet in the sheep like it and they will jump down 10 to 12 feet and then they can't jump back again in the shepherd hears them bleeding in distress. Sheep will begin to call out an almost literal moment. They will be there for days until they have eaten all the grass out why shepherd this is what Dr. Andrew Boehner, solicits why shepherd will wait until they are so faint that they cannot stand.
And when a sheep can no longer stand his legs will crumble under him and he will literally crumble onto the ground and he said at that point then the shepherd will put a rope around himself, and he will roll over and pull that sheep out of the jaws of death.
The man that was interviewing him said this, why don't they go down there when the sheep first gets there all Dr. Boehner said they are so very foolish that those sheep would – right over the precipice and be killed if they did, the shepherd has to wait till the sheep has no strength left for the she to submit to the shepherd, but it's a oftentimes why we go through so many things because God has to allow us to deplete all of our resources and get to the end of all of our rose and try all the things that we had to try.
Do we have nothing left and we can't even stand on our own and then he can help compassionate search costly search in a consistent search notice number two. Look at verse five. If you will not only does the good Shepherd seek his sheep and notice.
Secondly, the good Shepherd secures his sheep, 2003, number two, the good Shepherd saves his sheep. I'm sorry the verse five when he hath found it, he leave it fit on his shoulders, rejoicing that want to notice two things on this earth for equipment one I want you to see the sheep rescued a number to the shepherd rewarded. This is great. The sheep rescued listener this. The Bible does not say if he finds it, he lay it on his shoulder.
The Bible says and when he hath found it, that means this the saving of the sheep is an absolute certainty the board about the verse is not say that God if he finds us and says when he find of it.
That means this is shepherd is not going to stop until he finds the sheep and the fact of God. Finding us is an absolute certainty that why is that because he never loses the sheep. It doesn't say if it says when and we see that the sheep is rescued from the danger that it had been in. What is it mean when they we say will have you ever been say what is the word saved me. It simply means is to rescue from all harm and danger. That's exactly what our shepherd did for us on the cross he has given you the capability to escape all danger the sheep rescue but notice. Secondly, the shepherd rewarded and when he hath found it.
Notice this, he lay a fit on his shoulders re-rejoicing. I don't understand this that you and I should be the ones rejoicing when were save anybody here this morning not been gone for a week with his ridiculous you hear me when we get saved we should be the ones rejoicing. The Bible says the shepherd is the one doing the rejoicing.
You know when you and I got saved. Jesus was happy we got say that we were there we got say that doesn't make sense to me but we find here that the shepherd loves us so much that when that sheep that was lost is found, he rejoicing this. I've seen people rejoice. I've seen people get saved, rejoice. I've seen people get right with God and rejoice, but nobody rejoices as much as Jesus does when that happens, what is shepherd, I want you to notice this number three.
Not only does the good Shepherd seek his sheep and save his sheep, but I enjoy this notice number three the good Shepherd secures his sheep verse five. If you would, and when he found it he lay a fit on his shoulders and one of this. I want to see this that he secures them by his strength. The Bible says that when he finds that sheep that was lost that he picks that sheep up and he puts it on his shoulders. Now look at me this is you gotta get this this sheep is not responsible to get himself all the shepherd does that, you would think that I'm old and mean shepherd, a sheep that was lost to get that sheep out of it for that sheep down, get up and walk yourself, you dummy you want to got lost. Bible says that our shepherd when we have run off than when he finds us. He lays us on his shoulders. It is not our responsibility to get back home. It does not take our effort is the blood of Christ that gets us back home is the forgiveness of our shepherd but allows us back home.
He secures them by his strength. Bible says that we are kept by the power of God.
That's why the Bible says that he'd have to go to good work and you will perform it. It's his strength is his job. He performs it. You and I know where does lay on his shoulders and he's taken us all. Secondly I want you to see that not only does he secure them by his strength. Second, he secures them by his stamina notices. If you would've verse five and when he found it he lay it on his shoulders, rejoicing notice for six and when he cometh home. That means this not what is the shepherd find us, rescue us forgiveness. He lays us on his shoulders, and not only is he strong enough to carry us look at me, but he has the stamina to carry us all the way home dear friend of your saved you are assured a home in heaven. You cannot build it, you cannot provide that the shepherd does that and the reason he does.
That is because he had enough strength to find us and he has enough stamina to take us all the way home was in this want to get this. The Lord did not start this mission to fail. He did not come to earth and die on the cross to fail. He did it to be victorious different. I want to know something as a lost sheep. Those of us who were lost that are now found. Those of us that have rebelled and have come back to God. There might be some here in the in the building that you know what, to be honest you gonna guilty distance away from God and it's time for you to come back home.
Look at me. He's looking for you and he's searching for you and he loves you and he is compassionate for you and he'll go to the depths of your to get you back.
Don't worry about being lost again as you're not, you are his sheep. What I find interesting here is that the Bible says that the sheep were lost, but the shepherd never was he so afraid your hottie know that you can say that you stay safe because were the ones that get lost the runoff. God never does. The Bible says God is the one that keeps us safe was not up to us.
So as long as he'd never get lost were okay and he's the shepherd. He didn't get one to read this to you thought this was interesting. Carl countryside served in what we would call the restoration movement in church history, and I found the story about him that was interesting as he got to his later years. He retired from pastoring and he decided to go and he worked in inner-city areas, and he would go to reach what we call the slum of the city and he was, the one that kind of birth. The movement of rescue missions that we have nowadays that tries to help people and obviously derelict positions of different things and he was down there and he would bring those that look bad in and looked smelly and looked ugly in all the been through things and alcoholics and drug addicts at all these things and he would begin to work with him and he gave his final years.
After all, that he accomplished in church history. He gave those final years to help these kind of people and one day he was in a church showing pictures and they did have slides back in those days and he was just showing pictures in black and white pictures of folks in the church of the people that he would reach he was trying to raise support and one of the ladies from that church.
When the proper ladies came up to him after the service and and he was showing her those pictures and trying to raise support and she says were supposed to help those people and he said will yeah she says they look like something the cat drug in and he said ma'am know they look like something the shepherd brought home dear friend. All of us would like some. The cat drug in without God, but you I'm glad God had enough compassion on me not only to save but to come after me every time I ran away from the full God's lost and found the lost sheep look at me. He loves you enough that if you are the only one he would've died for you and he loves you enough that when you are his sheep. Even when you wander off.
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