Boys and girls, what the excitement and joy we come together to worship God, even we are not together in a physical church. Through the church online we still can give our praising together to our gloriously God! Still remember Commander’s messages of last two Sundays Jesus said, “I AM…..” Samuel just said “I AM the bread of life,” and Ethan said, “I AM the light of the world.” Good job! Let’s read the verse together John 6:35, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” And John 8:12. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Today, commander is going to give you another Jesus’ proclamation: “I am the gate for the sheep.”
Let’s read together the verses John 10:7-10, “Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Tell commander: Is there a door in your house? I believe everyone will say Yes, right? What is the purpose for the door? For your family and the people allowed by your family to go in/out your house. The door has lock to protect your house from sneaking in by the bad guys. The bad guys surely are not allowed to enter the door into your house.
Jesus said, “I am the gate or I am the door for the sheep,” Yeah, the gate to enter into the sheep’s pen. Have you seen a sheep pen before? Well, the sheep pen is the house for the sheep. Let’s watch a video (play video).
Waah, see those sheep! while staying in the sheep pen, they are protected and the wild animals won’t break in to attack them. The shepherd leads the sheep to get in or get out all through the gate. The sheep are then safe inside the pen and they can follow the shepherd to enjoy eating grass and drinking water in the green pasture.
Jesus said, “I am the gate for the sheep.” Who are the sheep? Yes, Jed just said we who belong to God are the sheep of the Lord Jesus. Jesus is our Lord, however, He, himself became the gate for us. Who can tell commander how could Jesus become the gate for us? Yeah, Kenny just said Jesus sacrificed His own life to become the gate for us.
Jesus is the only gate to the eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” We know God loves us, He wants us to be saved and He is willing to give eternal life in His beautiful heaven to us. However, there is only a small gate to enter into the heaven which is the gate Jesus made himself be with His own life. How to enter His gate? The song we just sung: Enter His gate with thanksgiving, and praise, because He made us glad and joyful, just like the sheep happily enter the gate into the sheep pen to rest peacefully.
Jesus is the gate not just for our future eternal life, but His gate is also for our life in the world to enjoy God’s blessings and love, just like Jesus said, “They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” And also He said that He will make our life full. As long as we belong to Jesus, we are free and safe to come in and out and enjoy our life with God’s abundant provision in His kingdom, just like the sheep happily have fun in the green pasture. Can you list out what the good things we receive through Jesus in our life? Well, Bright, Joyce, Danny, Tiffany all said right things, such as: we have joy, peace, love, hope, and we can serve and give praising to God, and we can have fellowship with the Lord Jesus, and we have church, and we can be the light shine to the world. Waah! our life will be a meaningful, blessed and abundant life in our Lord Jesus. Surely, our life will be glorious and full!
Well, the last thing Commander like to mention is: who can enter the gate to the safe sheep pen in God? Can the wolf, bear, lion or any kind of wild animals come in? No way! Then how about Mr. McDonald’s sheep, or Mr. Johnson’s sheep? No way, only the sheep belonging to God are allowed to enter God’s sheep pen, right? So, Commander like to ask you: “Are you God’s sheep?” When a sheep wants to enter the gate, the Lord Jesus will check, “oh, no, you are not my sheep, sorry, you cannot get in!” Oh, commander will feel very sad for those who are not God’s sheep and they are not allowed to get into the sheep pen in God, which has God’s love, fellowship, and blessings, and even more precious thing: the eternal life!
Then, how to become God’s sheep? Yeah, the only way to become God’s sheep is to believe in Jesus that He died on the cross for washing away our sin and He was raised from the dead that we can trust in Him as our Savior. Raise your hands by pressing the button if you want to become God’s sheep. Yes, how wonderful to be a God’s sheep who will be loved by God and by the Lord Jesus!
Remember today’s message: Jesus is the gate for the sheep of God!