Jesus Leads and Speaks
v. 4: “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4).
Jesus brings out his own sheep from the world into God’s kingdom.
Jesus goes before them. He leads them.
A Saint’s Destination
Where does Jesus lead us?
To the only true God.
He leads His sheep to God on earth and of course to their final destination, heaven, God’s home (John 14:2).
What is God like?
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, will I meditate” (Psalm 145:5).
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold/gaze at/see the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire/seek Him in His temple” (Psalm 27:4, various translations).
Some translations, in place of beauty, say “splendor, delightfulness, sweetness, perfections, graciousness, goodness.” For Lord, some translations are “Lord Jehovah, Jehovah, Yahweh.”
The Lord Jesus is indeed the most wonderful, most beautiful Person in the universe. His presence is . . . the glory of the Lord.
When we go deeper with Him in the power of the Holy Spirit, and we experience His presence and glory, He is the only One we will want.
Heaven is filled with the glorious splendor of God’s majesty.
The Holy Spirit Reveals Jesus
The Holy Spirit reveals who Jesus is.
He’s the savior. He’s the Son of God. He’s our master and friend. And infinitely more.
And He is the Lord God Almighty.
The Holy Spirit is the great revealer of Jesus. He makes Jesus real.
An unspeakable mystery is that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and of Jesus Christ.
Yet, Jesus Himself said, “My Father . . . is greater than all,” and “My Father is greater than I” (John 10:29, John 14:28).
It is an eternal mystery . . . the Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . the trinity . . . one God . . . three Persons. They are one, yet they are separate and distinct Persons. The Holy Spirit reveals this mystery (Colossians 1:27, 1 Corinthians 2:10).
So when someone knows Jesus, they have a relationship with the Lord God Almighty. Knowing Him is the greatest and highest privilege for a human.
Another mystery is that it’s up to a person what they do with that relationship. Why is it like that?
Because God made man into His image and likeness and gave us a free will (Genesis 1:27, 2:7). God cannot make anyone follow Him or do anything.
Jesus Leads His Sheep
Jesus leads His saints into and in the kingdom of God.
Their ultimate destination is heaven, for eternity.
He leads them in the new life in Him.
While they are on the earth, Jesus offers a believer to go with Him into the four phases of knowing God.
An eternal mystery: God gave man a free will. He will not and cannot make anyone go deeper with Him.
Four Phases of a Walk with Jesus
Jesus reveals the four phases of knowing God in John Chapters 3, 4 and 7.
Phases two, three and four are the three phases of knowing the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Four Phases Summarized
First phase: born again
Second Phase: Born of water and the Spirit, one can enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5-8);
Commonly called “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Third Phase: Drink living water, it becomes a fountain springing up into everlasting life (John 4:13-14);
Commonly called “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
Fourth Phase: Come to Jesus, drink the living water, believe in Him, rivers of living water will flow out of your innermost being (John 7:37-38);
Born of Water and the Spirit, One Can Enter the Kingdom of God (1)
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:5-8).
Ask Jesus, Receive Living Water
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).
Drink the Living Water, Never Thirst
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. . .” (John 4:13-14).
Drink Living Water, It Becomes a Fountain Springing Up Into Everlasting Life (2)
“But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14).
Come to Jesus, Drink the Living Water, Believe in Him, Rivers of Living Water Will Flow Out of Your Innermost Being (3)
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).