Sunday, November 30, 2014

John 10:16 -- On Becoming One Fold

"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."
John 10:16

Here, Christ is talking about visiting other nations of the earth after his death and resurrection.  He says something very similar in 3 Nephi 16:1, there clarifying that the other sheep aren't any of the places that he has been so far.  So, at least three groups got personal appearances from Christ.  That's amazing, and sort of mysterious too, since we only know about two of those groups.  The whole idea is really cool though, and I think that it really makes sense that God would want to spread the word as far as possible, and for those places that couldn't get the news because they were across an ocean or otherwise geographically inaccessible, it is cool that he chose to go in person. :)
I like the idea here that even though the sheep are not of the same fold at the time of the statements, that there eventually will only be one fold.  That we will all join together as children of God, and be united.  Maybe today we can get a head start on that, and start thinking more inclusively about people outside our nation or culture.  We're all God's people.

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