In John, chapter ten, Jesus makes a declaration: “Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10: 9 – 12)
Then, Jesus describes his disposition: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10: 13) Four more times after this verse Jesus emphasizes that as the good shepherd, he will lay down his life for the sheep, and that he does this willingly and because of love. Jesus has the authority to lay his life down and to raise it up again.
Then, the division and schism from Jesus is exposed. There is a divorce between the Jesus’ deeds, miracles, and example and his death and resurrection. There is a divorce between Jesus’ deeds, miracles, and teaching from his divine claims. Sadly, people today are still pursuing these terms of divorce trying to follow Jesus’ earthly ministry but not following him all the way to the cross and to the empty tomb. There are those still trying to promote his teachings, his exemplary deeds, and miracles but not the reason he had authority to do them.
Why pursue and maintain these terms of divorce? It gives you a reason not to follow Jesus as the LORD HE IS and instead continue to talk like the Pharisees did, as if there is some big, suspenseful unknown about Jesus that if we could have explained, then we would follow him with all that we are or ever hope to be.
There is a decision with which we are left to make. Keep on trying to pick and choose to follow aspects of Jesus or just follow Jesus.