Series B Pentecost
August 13, 2000
People are sometimes like sheep who blindly follow the first leader who comes
down the pike. Sheep without a shepherd are unable to govern themselves nor are
they able to reach a destination.
have not changed very much from the time in which Jesus lived. People today run
after fads, fashions and trends. Consider
for a moment the radio station in Ft. Wayne which plays only music from
the 1970's. They are targeting an audience which grew up in the '70's but they
are also aware that now is the time in which the trends and the fads of twenty
years ago are coming back in style for a time and they are hoping to corner the
market as long as they can. One can only hope that disco and leisure suits will
not come back in the craze that they were found twenty years ago!
people need today is direction for without a shepherd people can be easily
aroused by rabble-rousers. People are simply subject to scares. Jesus was aware
of this fact and saw the people of His day as shepherdless sheep. Seeing their
condition Jesus felt sorry for them. Jesus has not changed in the way in which
He treats you and me today. Today,
let us consider how Jesus affects people today who are sheep without a shepherd.
People today are in need of a shepherd. Why?
run after any leader.
at the world today and what do you see? You
see people being drawn to false leaders and false shepherds and false Christs
right and left. In our world today people are asking to be lead. They want
answers to their questions and direction for their lives. People today will
follow anyone who shows that he or she cares and takes and understanding to
do you and I look for leadership today? We
look to the only one who can lead us, which is our Savior Jesus Christ. He is
the One who has come into our world and our life to remove our sin. He says to
you and me today "I am the way the truth and the life". He is the One
who gives us direction in our life. He is the true leader for you and for me and
for all time.
Just as people today will run after anyone- who promises to lead we see that
without the proper leadership the people are lost. That is why people today need
They gather in crowds
("a great throng")
people being left without a leader gathered together in crowds. They met
together for safety and for self-identity.
one of the social concerns we have in American cities and now even in rural
areas is the increase in gang membership. Why do today's youth join a gang or
associate with gang members?
reason is that they are looking for identity. Consequently they join a group or
a crowd where they find purpose and identity.
and I have identity for we are united in Christ our good shepherd. In the
Church, the body of Christ, you and I are kept safe and secure by our good
shepherd Jesus Christ. You and I do
not need to join a group to find identity. Our identity is found in Jesus
around this morning and what do you see? The people here today are your family
members in Jesus Christ. These are your brothers and sisters. Your true identity
is found in Jesus Christ.
The people were without a chief or a
are the leaders of the world today? Possibly we live in a time of drifting for
the simple reason that the world today has no true leaders or models.
Who is your leader? It can be none other then Jesus Christ. He is your
chief your head. He is your Savior. He is you Lord and your God. May He direct
you as none other can.
Soli Deo Gloria +