We don’t want to think that there are modern-day Pharisees in this world, do we? Sadly, there are some that think they will get to God’s wonderful and glorious Heaven in some way that has nothing to do with a personal relationship with Christ Jesus, God’s only begotten Son. Some think that a family member in Heaven can put in a good word for you with God… well – that won’t work. The ONLY way to Heaven is to place your faith and trust in Christ Jesus. He willingly sacrificed His life on a cruel cross – for you and me. If you were the only one on this earth, He still would have died so you could be saved. Believe in Him and you will be saved.
God refers to His children as sheep in the Bible sometimes. I don’t know much about sheep, but I know they need a shepherd to guide and direct them. The shepherd keeps the sheep safe from harm. Some people don’t want anyone, including the Lord, to tell them what to do – they resent it. Those who walk with the Lord are comforted by His loving care. He doesn’t want to hold us back from success. He opens doors along the way – on the path to success and real joy in Him.
I want to go into the pasture through the open gate, don’t you? Besides, have you ever seen a sheep jump – I mean, other than when you’re counting them in bed as you try to get to sleep – ??? They are really not jumping creatures. I don’t think they can hop over that fence. Sometimes when I encounter a person who thinks they can get to Heaven some other way, I think – “How dare you spit in the face of my Savior!” Honestly – think about what He went through to save mankind. For anyone to think they can get to Heaven while completely ignoring the plan that GOD set forth for us… that’s just dumb and a bit unsettling to me. Our Savior, Christ Jesus, is great!
Nobody will ever love you like the GOOD SHEPHERD! His love is true and it lasts. Praise HIM for all His amazing blessings! 🙂