25 Feb, 2001 AM PLACE: BBC Blarney
the Work of a Shepherd (Isa 40:11) – that’s Jesus!
were God’s choice animal for sacrifice
There were other animals, but the lamb was God’s favourite.
We have all learned about the passover lamb, and Abel’s lamb back just
outside of the Garden of Eden
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Israelites were to bring a lamb on
the Day of Atonement (day of Forgiveness) in Jerusalem.
Through the years, millions died as sacrifices. Why? Three-fold reason:
Because God said it was to be so – His design
To show the price of our sin is DEATH
To show God would rather someone else took the place of the soul of man
– God could have just decreed all humanity hopelessly lost – but He didn’t
thank God. He provided a substitute in those lambs.
All so people would appreciate THE Lamb when He showed up
But God says something in Zechariah 13 that blows the mind – “It’s
time to smite the SHEPHERD!”
Let’s look at John 10:10-18, and specifically verse 11
I would like us to take a look at just WHO and WHAT was behind the SMITING
of the Great Shepherd
To do that we need a little more background
The children of Israel have left Egypt – free – headed for the
They go three days, and find no water – they are in desert country
They begin to get worried, and start complaining, and blaming
Moses goes to prayer – asks God, what he should do
God tells him to go up on a hill, and face a large stone wall bigger than
himself (Exod 17:5,6)
He is to take his rod, and then strike the rock with great force
The word “strike” and “smite” are used in connection with murders
It tells you the kind of force Moses was called upon to use: not gentle
After the rock has been smitten, it will gush forth with life-giving
What a miracle – enough water for a group totally over a million and a
half, if not 2 and a half million – from one stone!
Well, on they go. And around the desert they travel.
In the Book of Numbers, 38 years later, the children of Israel again
begin to lack water and strangely arrive near to that same Rock – only the
people still complain about God not taking care of them so good (Num 20:7-12).
Well, Moses gets all flustered, and goes to God in prayer (starts off
good), where he is told to go up to that Rock, and NOT smite the rock, but just
simply SPEAK to it – ASK for water from the Rock.
Somewhere in the reception of the information, Moses settles on his
course of action – “I’m going to show those good-for-nothing rebels, just
what they deserve” and he steps back up to that rock and with all his might
SMITES that rock. But nothing happens. So out of embarrassment, he smites it
To which, God declares it that Moses has committed the sin-unto-death.
Now, I tell you all thins, because there is a lot going on here folks,
and to arrive at the right conclusion, we need to be reminded of these things!
According to 1Cor 10, that Rock was a type of WHO? Jesus
According to the Book of Hebrews, Jesus was smitten, broken, crucified,
for our sins, to supply living water
We all basically know this, I hope. But I want to look at just what
happened when those people smote the Good Shepherd, and remind ourselves just
Message – When They Smote the Shepherd
When they Smote the Shepherd, It was God’s Plan
I don’t preach enough about this, but God is in control folks, or else
Romans 8:28 is a LIE!
God has had a plan in action since before creation
The birth, the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus is the
focal point of that plan
No travesty of accident – it all went according to His plan
Many people think God PRE-FIXED everything to come out like that
He predetermined that it was those lambs that would have to die
He predetermined NO ONE would find forgiveness without them
He predetermined that HE HIMSELF would one day come down as the Great
Shepherd, and give HIS OWN life for the sheep
Watch the Scriptures (Acts 4:26-28; 2:23; 3:18)
There was no defeat at Calvary – only the FINISHING of our redemption
all according to God’s plan
To you and I, it may seem strange, or confusing, but to the Lord of
heaven, those stripes laid across the back of God’s dear Son were beautiful
– they were just what was needed
When they Smote the Shepherd, It was Our Hands (Acts 2:22,23; 3:13-15). That cross was all because of OUR sins, our
will, and therefore is OUR fault
(2Cor 5:21) – if not HIS sins, then WHOSE sins killed Jesus?
– I will preach more on this tonight. It is US that is the problem.
We can’t just blame it on our environment, or our human nature
Doesn’t anybody look around and see that if Jesus were here in this
world today, he would be killed again.
We humans just don’t WANT God interfering
That is, until we realise that we so desperately NEED Him
God doesn’t have to send anyone to hell
If a person goes to hell, it is only because of two reasons:
Rejecting God’s Son as payment for your sins
Neglecting God’s payment for your sins – same as rejecting
Folks, When they SMOTE the Shepherd, it was our OWN hands that whipped
His body, and spit in His face, and nailed Him to that tree!
We can’ call the Jews, Christ-killers.
We can’t say it was the fault of those Roman soldiers
We can’t blame Pilate and Herod
It was us – all of us, who stood there and cried CRUCIFY Him, every
time we sin, curse, blaspheme, hate, steal, lie, drink, fight
When they Smote the Shepherd, It was Enough (Isa 53:10,11) What we all need to wake up to, is the fact that, when
they smote the Shepherd, it was enough:
To Change me
– a sinner (1Pet 1:18-23; 2Co 5:17) it’s still in the Book!
That’s why Paul preached the CROSS – it alone CHANGES a man!
Now, you can preach about heaven, family, creation and even hell…
But the cross forces us to face ourselves, and see that it is US
that deserve to be on that cross, only to see the love of God take our place
If the cross can’t change you – nothing will! That’s why Jesus said
in Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
To Free me.
That single event freed me
From the penalty of my sins – FORGIVEN!
From the power of my sins – they have no dominion over me
And one day soon, from the very presence of sin!
To Use me
– make me useable by God (Eph 2:8-10). You say, God can’t use
you? You need to look back at the cross! He didn’t save you for no reason. He
saves a soul to USE THEM FOR HIS GLORY! Find THAT REASON, and SERVE as a living
Conclusion, and Application
The ROCK has been Smitten – 2,000 years ago!
No one, absolutely NO ONE needs to smite Jesus again!
Our choice is whether to ignore the Rock, or speak to Him, telling Him
You are a filthy sinner, that deserves hell, but you accept His living
You cling only to His grace
You now gladly serve Him out of so great a debt of love!