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Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

Perspective Trials Jesus, Good Shepherd

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2

Author: Rob Tucker
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ILLUSTRATION

When I was a kid I used to look at the "magic eye" in the newspaper. Remember that? The colorful image where you had to gaze at it long enough until a picture emerged. Problem was, I used to get so frustrated at the magic eye. I could never see the image. People would say, "There! See it? It's a duck!" Or, "See! Right there! It's a rocket ship." And all I could see was a green blurry shadow.

Years later I found out I was color blind. What most people don't realize about color blindness is that it is not the absence of colors for most people. Colorblind people just see the colors differently than everyone else. Hence, they could never see a magic eye because they are focussed on the wrong colors.

APPLICATION

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to fix, "our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:2). Trouble is, we are fixated on our problems. We strain at our worries, our doubts, our imperfections and even our sins.  As these things capture and keep our gaze, we lose sight of Jesus.

To see Jesus in the blurry mess of life, we must focus our attention on Him. As we ponder His person, His victory, His promises to us, His faithfulness, etc., we begin to see Him in everything, even in the problems we face. 

Sliders Steal Without You Noticing

Trust (In God) Followership Jesus, Good Shepherd

Source: ABC News

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Kevin Simmons | Date Posted: 2014-09-11

Scripture: John 10:9

Author: Kevin Simmons/Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

"Sliders" are thieves who steal pocketbooks from cars at gas stations. They're called "sliders" because they sneak up to the car while the customer is focused on pumping gas in crouched position... sliding. 

While the customer's attention is completely focused on the gas pump, these crooks make off with their valuables. 

(Watch the YouTube video in the link)

APPLICATION

Are there "sliders" in your life, people or things that stealthily slide in and rob you of the truly valuable things in life? Jesus, the Good Shepherd, warned His sheep of thieves who would "steal and kill and destroy." But He also promised that His "purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life" (John 10:10, NLT).

Why are we so trusting of everything but God? In a world full of thieves (sliders), why are we so hesitant to open the door to intimate communion with Jesus?

"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

Illustration Exchange

Shrek the Sheep Carried a Huge Burden

Jesus, Good Shepherd Burden (Spiritual) Prodigals

Source: Various, including "What A Sheep That Hasn't Been Sheared In 6 Years Looks Like" by ALYSON SHONTELL, published on Business Insider, JUL. 24, 2013

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-08-19

Scripture: Matthew 11:28

Author: Unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Shrek the sheep became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone having shorn (shaved) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds - 50 lbs more than normal and enough to make twenty men's suits.

Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece simply because he was away from his shepherd. It took a professional sheerer less than a half hour to rid him of his burden.

Shrek died back in 2011, but his story has just recently resurfaced in news outlets and social media sites alike due to a new interest in the science of fleece growth:

Modern Farmer an internet resource for the farming community was curious: can a sheep's wool grow forever? Its writer, Jesse Hirsch, interviewed Dave Thomas, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's head of sheep studies. Thomas says a Merino sheep like Shrek will grow wool indefinitely.

Click the link above to see Shrek before and after being shorn

APPLICATION

Apparently, when God created sheep he had their need for people in mind. More specifically, their need for a shepherd. The same is true of us. Life involves the accumulation of burdens. Burdens that can't be tended to without the help of the Good Shepherd.

One internet blogger had this to say of Shrek's plight:

 
Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to indefinitely accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.
 
When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.
 
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Ewe-icide

Jesus, Good Shepherd Followership Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-02-04

Scripture: Isaiah 53:6 ; John 10:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Picture of Pure Love

Love for God God's Love New Birth

Contributed By: DEAN KAHLICH | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:19

Author: DEAN KAHLICH
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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The Broken Xylophone

Sin Human Nature God's Love

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Romans 3:9 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: James Miller
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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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Heaven Series--Surprise #1: Heaven Has A Physical Dimension!

Heaven Series God's Care Heaven

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:3

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Heaven Series--Surprise #4: A Room Prepared Just For You!

Heaven Series God's Provision God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Psalms 23:6 ; Luke 24:39

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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