One Flock with One Shepherd

Yahshua was the ultimate example of what a human being should be like. He was the most gentle, loving, compassionate, merciful, wise and humble man that ever lived. His Father, the God of heaven, placed His seed in the womb of a Hebrew virgin named Miriam. Although He was God’s Son, Yahshua walked the Earth as a man — fully human. He experienced the sufferings and temptations of a man, yet unlike everyone else who ever lived, He never once sinned.

Yahshua had something that no one else had — a relationship with His Abba, the Source of all life. Everyone else was cut off from Him in their spirit because of the disobedience of our Father, Adam. Because of His communion with His Father, Yahshua was able to overcome the temptations to sin. It wasn’t easy though. Yahshua had to cry out and suffer greatly to prove that it’s possible for a man to overcome sin and its result — death.

Yahshua was victorious because He loved His Father and He loved us. He saw our desperately needy condition. He could see that despite the façade of happiness and contentment that many people wore, nobody was receiving the love that they needed. No one was set free to love without self-concern. But He had vision for our lives. He knew that if we were connected to His Father, like He was, we could overcome, too. We could be set free from the chains of guilt and self-life that bind our soul. We could be filled with the same love that filled Yahshua — the very essence of God.

The Sacrifice

God labored with Israel for hundreds of years to help them to understand what a sacrifice was and how sin could only be paid for by the shedding of blood. This was in preparation for the time that He would sacrifice what was most precious to Him in order to pay for the sin that separated man from Him. The wages of sin is death. We deserve to die for our sin. Yet God doesn’t want anyone to perish.

God provided a spotless lamb, a man without sin — His own Son to be our sacrifice. Yahshua willingly gave Himself to be brutally tortured and executed in our place. In the last few moments of His life as He hung nailed to a tree, laboring to draw each breath, the full weight of man’s accumulated guilt was placed upon Him making Him an abomination to God. The intimate, life-giving fellowship that Yahshua had always known was gone. He died of a broken heart. Then He went to death and into the very Sea of Fire, the place reserved for Satan and those who do his will. Yahshua totally received the unimaginable wrath and torment that our sins deserved. Once our sin was dealt with, death could no longer claim Him. The only innocent man that ever lived rose to eternal life, never to die again.

By shedding His precious blood, Yahshua paid for our sin and established a new covenant between God and man. He became the doorway from death into eternal life. He is the narrow gate into the sheepfold and He is the good shepherd. All who enter into the covenant that He established are washed clean of their sin and come into fellowship with Him and His Father. They leave behind their lonely, self-centered lives and come into a common life of loving and caring for one another. They can’t help but gather together. They have everything in common, the same heart, the same spirit, the same shepherd who leads them.

Restoration

The fruit of Yahshua’s life and His sacrifice will be the restoration of all things and an end to the rebellion that is destroying the Earth and its inhabitants. The first thing that has to be restored is man — man to God, brother to brother, men to women, fathers to their children. It is beginning to happen just as the scriptures said it would:

For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for my sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down in good grazing ground, and they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God. “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment.” (Ezekiel 34:11-16)

Yahshua, Himself, said, “I am the good shepherd and I know my own, and My own know me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.”1

People are being gathered from every imaginable walk of life. The walls that have separated people from one another and from our Creator are being broken down in the Communities of Yahshua. We are learning to love one another. Our dignity and worth is being restored to us. We haven’t found Sarah yet, but we are looking for her and those like her who see their need for forgiveness and a new life.

“Do not be afraid little flock for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the Kingdom.” ~Yahshua the Messiah (Luke 12:32)

  • 1. John 10:14-16

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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