TL-8 - Hearing the Voice of Jesus
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In the gospel of John Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice, and I
know them and they follow Me,” John 10:27.
What does it really mean to hear the voice of Jesus? Get your Bible
as we let God's word answer this very important question for us today.
As Jesus said in John 10:27 ‘My sheep, My followers, they'll hear My
voice. I know them, and they follow Me.’ John 10 is the beautiful words
about Jesus being the shepherd and His people being the sheep.
Now friend we pose the question from Scripture today: What does it
mean to hear the voice of Jesus?
If Jesus said ‘His sheep and His followers hear His voice.’ What does
it mean to hear the voice of Jesus? What must we be listening to the voice
of Jesus about as it some of the most important questions in scripture?
First let's realize that hearing the voice of Jesus means that we're
going to listen to what Christ said about God His Father. It means these
things: If I'm going to hear Jesus' voice as He teaches us about God, it
means that I'm going to hear what He said about loving God.
Jesus said in Mark 12:30 following, when He was asked by a lawyer
about the greatest commandment, Jesus said “The first and greatest of all
commandments is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first and
great commandment. The second, like unto it, is ‘love your neighbor as
When I hear the voice of Jesus, those words resonate within my life.
That I must love God first and foremost with every part of my being. That's
what it means to be a follower of Christ. I must have devotion. I must have
commitment. I want to love Christ. I want to put my trust in Him, and never
ever waiver from His teaching. Jesus taught us what it means to love
someone as well.
In the gospel of John, Jesus also said “If you love Me.” What? “Keep
My commandments.” Loving Christ and loving God means that I'm willing to
submit, to bow down before, and to worship and obey God and Christ as
Father and as the ultimate sacrifice in our lives.
Secondly as we think about hearing the voice of Jesus, this means
that we're going to be willing to live by every word that God gives us. In
Luke 4:4 and in Matthew 5:6 we are told ‘man shall not live by bread alone,’
or Matthew 4:4-10 we're told ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
What does it mean to hear the voice of Jesus about God? It means
that I'm going to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Interesting in that context is Jesus has just been tempted by the devil. In
response to the devil's temptation, He's been out in the wilderness, the
Bible tells us, He's out there alone. The verses tell us, He was hungry as
well, and so the devil throws the temptation out. ‘If you're the Son of God
prove it to me. If you're the Son of God turn these stones to bread.’ How
did Jesus respond to that temptation? He said ‘No. Man shall not live by
bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
Hearing the voice of Jesus means that I'm willing to obey and follow
the teaching of our Lord and Savior. Jesus clearly taught this throughout
His life. Matthew 7:21 Jesus said “It's not everybody that says to Me ‘Lord,
Lord’ that's going to heaven, but he that does the will of My Father in
heaven.” In Luke 6:46 Jesus asked the Pharisees “Why do you call Me
‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say?” The Bible says in
Hebrews 5:8-9 that ‘God is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey
Him.’ If I'm going to submit to the words of my master and my Lord as it
relates to God, I must live not by bread- not by carnal things alone- but by
every word that proceeds from the mouth of Almighty God.
Now friend we tie this in directly with in relation to our very next
principle that is we've got a be willing to do the Father's will. If the Bible
says it, I need to be willing to do it. Philippians 4:9 Paul said “The things
which you heard and learned or received and saw in me,” listen now,
“these do and the God of peace will be with you.” There is that that ever
important little word “do.” What does it mean to hear the voice of Jesus? I'm
going to do what God says. Not enough just to hear. Jesus said to the
churches in Revelation 2 and 3 “To him that has ears to hear, let him hear
what the Spirit says.”
We're not just emphasizing hearing, the sake of taking it in and
knowing there's a noise that occurred- but rather hearing the Scripture is
used with the emphasis of taking it in and doing what God wants us to do.
We also then would note this. If we're going to hear the voice of
Jesus as it relates to God, we've got to have faith in God's care for each
and every one of us. I want you to hear specifically. You know Jesus said it
is some of the most beautiful language in the Bible, and if I'm going to
really let the words of Jesus resonate in my life, I've got to hear and take to
heart what He said about God caring for me and about God caring for you.
Look at Matthew chapter 6. If you're following along, I want you look
at Matthew chapter 6 beginning in verse number 25 as Jesus discusses in
detail, very beautifully in detail, the care of God. Here's what it says.
Matthew 6:25, Jesus said “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your
life what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you
will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into
barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value
than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So
why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow they neither toil nor spin. And yet I say to you that even Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass
of the field, which today is and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not
much more clothe you? Oh you of little faith! Therefore do not worry saying
‘what shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or what shall we wear?’ for after
all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows you
need all these things, but seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own thing.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Part of hearing the voice of Jesus is I have to have the faith to trust
the fact that Jesus said “God will take care of you.” That's hard, and it's
challenging at times as we live in this world that is so fraught with problems
and danger and anxiety. ‘Where's my next meal coming from? Where are
the clothes that I'm going to put on my back and my families back? Where
are we going to sleep?’ You know for the child of God the Bible says, ‘You
seek first the kingdom. God will take care of the rest.’
I cannot help but think of the beautiful words of Psalm 37:25. David
said basically the same idea. David said ‘I've been young and now I'm old.’
Take a snapshot of life and here's what I know: ‘I've never seen the
righteous forsaken nor His seed begging bread.’
Let's now turn our attention to hearing the voice of Jesus as He
spoke on another subject and that is our relationship and responsibility to
other people in this life.
What did Jesus say about my responsibility and relationship with
others? Here's what He said. Jesus first and foremost taught each of us to
love one another. John 13 is a very beautiful scene where Jesus, He,
washes the disciples feet. He gives them a powerful example of how
they're to treat one another, how they're to love one another, and here's
how He concludes that. John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “A new commandment
I give you that you love one another. As I have loved you that you also love
one another by this all will know you are My disciples.”
What's my responsibility toward other people? To love them, to love
lost souls as Jesus loved them, to love those who are in sin, in the sense
that we want them to be saved and to go to heaven, to love those inside
the family and the church of God, and to have a deep abiding respect and
care for all people everywhere.
Friend in a world that is so fraught with prejudice and problems and
man's inhumanity to man, let's realize all men have been created by God
Genesis 1:27. Let's realize that God gives us the responsibility to love one
Do you remember that second commandment we mentioned earlier?
The first was to ‘love Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and
strength.’ The second like unto it is ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ Friend,
those two commands would solve the multiplicity of problems that exist in
our world today.
Then we mention this. What else does Jesus say my responsibility is
as it relates to others? If I'm going to hear the voice of Jesus, I've got to
hear what He said about my enemies. Look to the words of Christ in
Matthew 5:44. Jesus said “But I say to you, you heard it was said,” verse
43, “you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” Verse 44 Jesus
said, “But I say to you, love your enemies. Bless those who curse you. Do
good to those who hate you. Pray for those who spitefully use you and
Hearing the voice of Jesus isn't always something that is easy for us
to follow, meaning that at times it creates a challenge within us. Loving your
enemies is indeed one of those challenges.
Now, let me show you that Jesus not only said this, but He also
practiced it. On the cross as people mocked Him, as people spat at Him, as
people made fun of Him up there, Jesus prayed these words “Father
forgive them they know not what they do.”
Friend, did you ever wonder if Jesus loved His enemies? You know
He did! Jesus wanted His enemies to be saved so much so that He went to
the cross for them. My responsibility and yours is to love our enemies, to try
to do good, to try to help, to try to open the door, so that the gospel can be
preached to those who are enemies of Christ and no doubt Christianity.
Now as we think also about the words of Jesus and hearing the voice
of Christ as it relates to others, let's also realize that Jesus clearly taught
that it's better to help than to be helped. Listen to Acts 20:35, Paul
mentions the words of Jesus as he thinks about the good that he can do.
And he said “I want you to hear the words of our Lord where He said it's
more blessed to give than it is to receive. We often live in a society that has
both hands out looking for a handout, wanting something, expecting
everybody to give it to them, but you know what Jesus said? “It's more
blessed to give than it is to receive.”
Now friend don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with helping
people who are in need. That's not the point here. But we need to be of the
attitude and the mindset that ‘I am not expected of, nor do I deserve people
to do for me. I'm going to try to do for myself; so that I can do good to those
are in need.’ It's more blessed. If I hear the words of Jesus, I hear what He
says about giving and helping and doing good to other people.
What is pure and undefiled religion anyway? To keep oneself
unspotted from the world, and to take care of or visit the orphans, and the
widows in their affliction. Do good unto all men, especially those of the
household of faith,” James 1:27 and Galatians 6:10.
As we think about hearing the voice of Jesus, let's also realize we
want to hear the voice of Jesus as it relates to Himself and what Christ said
about himself, His teaching, and what He requires of His followers today.
As it relates to Jesus and what He taught about Himself, let's realize the
Lord said we must be willing to believe in Him. We must be willing to follow
In John chapter 14 Jesus said these words you “Let not let not your
heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in Me.” Christ wanted us
to realize that He is the Messiah that He is the Son of God, and that without
Him there can be no salvation. This is why Jesus said just a few verses
later “I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the Father except
by Me,” John 14:6. Peter said in Acts 4:12 ‘nor is there salvation in any
other for there's no other name under heaven given among men by which
we must be saved.’
I've got to believe He's the Son of God. I've got to believe He's the
Savior of the world, that He is the Christ, and that ultimately He is both Lord
and Master of my life. I must do my best to obey Him all the days of my life.
Friend as we hear the voice of Jesus about Himself, let's also hear
the beautiful invitation He gave to those to follow Him. Jesus said in
Matthew 11:28 these beautiful words “Come unto Me all ye who labor and
are heavy laden. I'll give you rest. My yoke is easy. My burden is light.”
Jesus said, “You will find rest for your souls. Take My yoke upon you and
learn of Me, for I'm meek and lowly in sight,” the Lord would say. Jesus, as
I hear His words, I hear the invitation that ought to resonate within every
man's heart. “Come unto Me, those who labor and are heavy laden, let
whosoever will come and drink freely of the water of life,” Revelation
chapter 22 says. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every
creature,” Matthew 28:18. Christ wants all men to come to Him and to
ultimately be saved from their sin.
What else did Jesus say about Himself? Jesus said some things also
that were challenging and that are rather difficult and were difficult for
some. Let me illustrate one of those to you from the Scripture. Jesus taught
us as we hear His words that we must be willing to put Him above all else,
and at times we must be willing to forsake all to follow Christ. Listen to Luke
chapter 14 what Jesus said in verse number 33. Jesus said “So likewise,”
listen to these words “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has
cannot be My disciple.” If I hear the words of Jesus correctly, I've got to
hear Him say ‘Put Me first.’ All else has to take a backseat to following
Christ, to seeking first the kingdom, to living as God wants us to live, and to
following Him in each and every way.
As we hear His voice, let's hear what Jesus said about keeping His
commands and obeying Him. John 14:15 Jesus said “If,” here's the
condition, “you say you love Me, keep My commandments.” You are My
friends if you do whatever I ask, John 15:14. It's not enough. Some people
say ‘Well I love God, and I love Christ. I've got this warm feeling in my
heart.’ Wait a minute now. “If you love Me, do what I say.”
It isn't enough to say ‘I believe in the Bible. I believe in God. I believe
in Christ.’ The demons believe and tremble. James says in James 2:17 ‘put
your faith into action by letting the love of God motivate you to serve Him
and to live for Him each and every day of your life- so that you can really
have the hope and joy of going to heaven and being what God ultimately
wants you to be.’
Jesus also said that He wanted us to hear His voice. As it relates to Him
about these things also Christ said ‘Hear My voice as it relates to false
prophets’ and false prophecies that are so prevalent in our world today.
You know sometimes we hear people say ‘God's going to do this, or Christ
is coming back, and He's going to do this, and world's going to come to end
on such and such day.’
What did Jesus say as it relates to false prophets? Listen to Matthew
7:15 Jesus said “Beware, watch out for false prophets, who come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know
them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from
thistles? Even so every good tree bears good fruits, but a bad tree bears
bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good
fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown to the
fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
You can look at a person's life. You can look at the things they said,
their fruit, and know it hadn't happened. You know you look at people who
at throughout history who have made all these prophecies and one after
another keeps failing, what do I know about that person? They're not a
prophet of God. What they said, it's not true. I don't have to worry.
So-and-so says ‘Well the Lord's coming on this day.’ The Lord didn't come,
what do I know? That man's a liar and a false prophet. Somebody says
‘God's going to do this and here's what you.’ Wait a minute now. If the Bible
says ‘God's will to do this’ and you said God's going do the opposite or
something different, I'm going to take God.
‘Let God be true and every man a liar.’ We need to hear what Jesus
says in, and be confident that there are false prophets and false prophecies
out there, and not to let them sway us in this life.
Let's also hear the voice of Jesus as it relates to the narrow gate and
the narrow way of salvation.
You know we live in a world where people want to have this idea that
everybody's going to be saved, and everybody's going be okay. You know,
‘You just believe in Jesus and everything's going to be all right.’
Does the Bible teach it that way? Look at Matthew chapter 7. I want
you to see what Jesus actually said. Matthew 7 Jesus says this beginning
in verse 13, “Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it .”
Why? “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that leads to life
and there are few who find it.”
Did Jesus give the impression that everybody's going to heaven? No.
Jesus said it's quite the opposite. ‘Narrow is the gate, difficult or restricted
is the way, and there are few who find it.’ Jesus didn't have this mindset
that ‘You know everybody who's got a warm feeling for Me in their heart
and everybody who claims to be a Christian is going to heaven.’ Jesus said
‘It's a challenge. You got to work. There are few who find the right way.’
I want to hear the words of Jesus also as it relates to where I put my
treasure and what's really important to me in this life. Listen to the words of
Jesus in Matthew 6:19-20. Jesus said “Do not lay up for yourselves
treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break
in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Let's hear Jesus words about what's the true treasure in this life.
Don't focus on earthly. Don't focus on the physical things that tarnish,
things that thieves can break in and steal. That which is temporary and
earthly, it's not your treasure. Put your treasure on spiritual things. Seek
those things which are above where Christ is, Colossians 3:1-3.
Let's hear the words of Jesus as it relates to going to heaven and
Jesus clearly taught that whoever would obey the gospel could be a
child of His and have the hope of heaven. “Come unto Me all ye that labor
and are heavy laden I'll give you rest.”
What does that mean to obey the gospel and become a child of God?
Here's what Jesus said about believing in Him. Hear the words of Jesus
about belief. Jesus said “Unless you believe that I'm He you'll surely die in
Hear what Jesus said, not only about believing but about repenting of
one's life of the things that are wrong in one's life, Jesus said in Luke 13:3
“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Let's hear what Jesus said about acknowledging and confessing Him
before men as the Savior. Matthew 10:32-33 Jesus said “If you won't
confess Me before men, neither will I confess you before My Father who is
in heaven. But if you will confess Me before men, I'll also confess you
before My Father who is in heaven.”
Let's hear what Jesus said about baptism being essential to
Jesus said in Mark 16:16 “He that believes and is baptized will be
saved. He that does not believe shall be condemned.” Did Jesus say in
verse 16 of Mark chapter 16 that a person must believe and be baptized to
be saved? We just noticed it. He said those exact words. And friend, that's
not the only time He said something like that. In John 3:5, Jesus said
“Unless a man is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom
of God.” Peter said “Baptism does now also save us,” 1 Peter 3:21.
As we think about this marvelous idea today from John 10:27 “My
sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me,” here's the question
we ask ourselves: Are we following Christ? Are we listening to His voice?
Are we really that sheep that follows the good Shepherd to the green
If you've never obeyed the gospel, friend our plea to you today is
hear the voice of Jesus, submit to His will, obey the gospel, and follow Him
to heaven itself.
Study Questions for: “Topical Lesson: Voice of Jesus”
1. In John 10:27, what does the sheep hear? What do they do as a result?
2. According to Mark 12:30, what is the greatest commandment?
3. What is the second greatest commandment according to Mark 12:30?
4. According to Luke 4:4 & Mark 4:4, what can man not live by alone?
5. How does Jesus respond in Mark 4 when the devil tempts Him?
6. What does Matthew 7:21 say about who is going to heaven?
7. What question does Jesus ask in Luke 6:46?
8. In Philippians 4:9, what does Paul say about the things we have heard and learned?
9. In Matthew 6:25, what does Jesus tell us about worrying?
10. What does David say about life in Psalm 37:25?