Exactly Who Are These Other Sheep That Jesus Has?

9 Dec
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Who were Jesus’ other sheep?  Did they consist of all the rest of the world outside of the biblical area of what is now called North Africa, and did Jesus visit them outside of Judaical knowing?   In other words, was Jesus dealing with other peoples that the Jews of old knew nothing about?  Is there more to Jesus than what the Christian Bible tells us?  And if so, is it possible to know some of what that is?

How do we know that Jesus is not meeting with others in the center of their religious practices?  If the  religions of the world are culturally based and if all peoples have varying religious traditions,  how can we say that Jesus only meets people of a specific religious tradition?  Doesn’t that reduce Jesus, who is omnipotent son of God?  So if we say that Jesus doesn’t come through culture and religion, but through belief in Him only, then how can we say that everyone who has a religion doesn’t have Jesus as well if they choose to believe in him?  According to Christianity, Jesus has many names and meets us at the place of our need.  So if he meets me as a black woman, even in my cultural manner, how can I say that he won’t meet a Hindu in her cultural manner?  Is it fair to say that Jesus supersedes the cultural practices of human beings?

For that reason I say that though we may practice a certain way while we serve Him, our practice has nothing to do with Jesus even though we may believe it does.   It’s not our practices that bring Jesus, although He will come to us even as we practice our culture.  After all, Jesus has met people outside of the practice of the Christian church.  So the question arises:  even if the Muslim is doing his prayers, can Jesus can come to him, even if he calls Him “Allah”?  I believe so, and I believe that it’s not so much the acts and rituals of prayers that is what The Holy Spirit responds to, even though he may think it was.

Is it possible that Jesus simultaneously touch the lives of people in different parts of the world, who were doing different religious practices?  Is it true that Jesus only visits those who do a certain ritual?   So if I’m smudging sage and standing outside in the Arizona mountains and I’m a native American, will Jesus not come to me, even if I call him the Great Earth Mother?

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/i-have-other-sheep-that-are-not-of-this-fold–2

When reading the holy scriptures of other religions, is it possible to meet Jesus?  If he came for the entire world, what does that mean?  How did he communicate with others, did they have awakenings, visions, hear voices, get illuminations, write holy words?  Did they wrestle with God, with their understanding of Jesus?  Did they hear a Word from on high, one that Christians never knew about?

Is Jesus only for Christians, or is He for the whole world?

http://www.explorefaith.org/religions.html

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9 Responses to “Exactly Who Are These Other Sheep That Jesus Has?”

  1. Reggie 12/09/2012 at 11:23 am #

    Interesting post Anna Renee.

  2. God's Man 12/10/2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I think when you read through the article that you linked to from Desiring God it talks through what Jesus meant when he said other sheep. He was saying that there were others outside of the culture there that were also members of his flock. I agree with you that Jesus Christ is for the world. When you embrace Him as Lord you become part of a new community. There is a cost to this though. While he meets everyone within the context of their culture His claims will often be counter to it. If you take the Hindu example. The religion is polytheistic however Jesus claimed that, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If you embrace Jesus as Lord it will not be possible to reconcile that to a polytheistic context. When you look at it from the the context of the Jewish or Muslim culture it might be an “easier” fit however His claims will still require a worldview change. For the Jew it will be difficult to accept that the desired Messiah has come in the person of Jesus. For the Muslim accepting that God came in the person of Christ and died on the cross would be necessary.

    In the end accepting Christ, regardless of our culture, will have a cost. It is as difficult here in the west as it is anywhere else.

    Sorry for the long post. Thanks for the thought provoking article.

    • Anna Renee 12/10/2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank you, God’s Man, for your answer!

    • Amenta 12/14/2012 at 7:53 am #

      Jesus specifically state he came for the “lost sheep of Israel.” These are his words, written prior to the writings of John. We should understand them in the context he stated. So, when John quotes Jesus as saying there other sheep “not of this fold” cannot mean outside the “lost sheep” Israel.

      For me personally, I think the Great Spirit (Jesus said God it Spirit and God is Love) cannot be contained by one country, nation or by three books. Spirit is just that Spirit. Love is just that Love. Has anyone seen love or spirit be encapsulated into a small area?

      Peace!

      • Amenta 12/14/2012 at 7:54 am #

        Please excuse my typos.

      • Anna Renee 12/14/2012 at 11:22 am #

        Thanks Brother Amenta!

  3. Patricia Yvonne 12/16/2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Dear Friend, John Ch.10 speaks on the shepherd and his sheep whom hear his voice. Jesus came to save the world from sin. When we believe in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit they never work independently. In The book of Acts in the day of Pentecost chapter 2 vs 5 allow us to see how “devout men, out of every nation under heaven” were in attendance, and once they were filled with the spirit they received power from on high and was sent out to save souls. The “other sheep” are all over the world those who hear the voice of the Lord, and keep in mind that WE are the vessels that the Lord dwells in, when we submit ourselves fully the power of the Lord sends us out to all parts of the world to reach those whom he know hear his voice. Be Blessed

    • Anna Renee 12/17/2012 at 6:26 am #

      Yes! And blessings to you too, Sister!

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