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The Wasn’t Sin-Drome (Black life matters to God)

SERIES: Saints with Sin-Dromes

John 10:1-18 KJV

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

When people don’t matter, they are: UNWANTED, UNNEEDED, UNNECESSARY.

Look up Dr. Seuss, “Happy Birthday to You”

“If we didn’t have

birthdays, you wouldn’t be

you. If you’d never been

born, well then what would

you do? If you’d never been

born, well then what would

you be? You might be a

fish! Or a toad in a tree! You

might be a doorknob! Or

three baked potatoes! You

might be a bag full of hard

green tomatoes.”

“Or worse than all

that…Why, you might be a

WASN’T! A Wasn’t has no

fun at all. No, he doesn’t. A

Wasn’t just isn’t. He just

isn’t present. But you…You

ARE YOU! And, now isn’t

that pleasant!”

“Today you are you! That is

truer than true! There is no

one alive…

…who is you-er than

you! Shout loud, “I am lucky to

be what I am! Thank

goodness I’m not just a clam

or a ham Or a dusty old jar

of sour gooseberry jam! I am

what I am! That’s a great thing

to be! If I say so

myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY

TO ME!”

I. Jesus’ PROTECTION makes black life matter

The number one thing Satan has stolen from black people is a KNOWLEDGE OF SELF!

II. Jesus’ PROVISIONS makes black life matter

Matthew 8:15 – And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

Matthew 9:23 – And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

Matthew 16:13 – When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Bio is EXISTENCE

Zoe is VITALITY

Matthew 4:4 KJV – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Things all people need to come alive:

1. AFFECTION

2. FORGIVENESS

3. FAITH

4. HOPE

5. DREAMS/ASPIRATIONS

III. Jesus’ PROGRESSION makes black life matter

Ezekiel 34:1-10 MSG – 1 God’s Message came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherd-leaders of Israel. Yes, prophesy! Tell those shepherds, ‘God, the Master, says: Doom to you shepherds of Israel, feeding your own mouths! Aren’t shepherds supposed to feed sheep? 3 You drink the milk, you make clothes from the wool, you roast the lambs, but you don’t feed the sheep. 4 You don’t build up the weak ones, don’t heal the sick, don’t doctor the injured, don’t go after the strays, don’t look for the lost. You bully and badger them. 5 And now they’re scattered every which way because there was no shepherd—scattered and easy pickings for wolves and coyotes. 6 Scattered—my sheep!—exposed and vulnerable across mountains and hills. My sheep scattered all over the world, and no one out looking for them! 7 ” ‘Therefore, shepherds, listen to the Message of God: 8 As sure as I am the living God—Decree of God, the Master—because my sheep have been turned into mere prey, into easy meals for wolves because you shepherds ignored them and only fed yourselves, 9 listen to what God has to say: 10 ” ‘Watch out! I’m coming down on the shepherds and taking my sheep back. They’re fired as shepherds of my sheep. No more shepherds who just feed themselves! I’ll rescue my sheep from their greed. They’re not going to feed off my sheep any longer!

John 9:40-41 KJV – 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”

? Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro

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