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The Messiah Shepherd Prophesied

Micah 5:2 NASB95
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”
Micah 5:4 NASB95
And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth.
Ezekiel 34:23 NASB95
“Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.

Jesus is our Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

John 10:11–16 NASB95
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. “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. “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

The Chief Shepherd

1 Peter 5:4 NASB95
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

The Great Shepherd

Hebrews 13:20–21 NASB95
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benefits of having Jesus as our Shepherd

He seeks lost sheep

Matthew 18:12–14 NASB95
“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

As our Good Shepherd He gave His life

Jn 10:11 —“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
He laid it down
As He Himself Said
Matthew 26:31–35 NASB95
Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.’ “But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too.

He provides for and protects His sheep

John 10:9 NASB95
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
Door = protection
Pasture = provision
John 10:27–28 NASB95
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
Famously ...
Psalm 23:1 NASB95
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Psalm 23:4 NASB95
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

He has compassion

Matthew 9:36 NASB95
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Mark 6:34 NASB95
When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
His compassion leads Him to act
They needed a Shepherd, to have guidance
They needed teaching (feeding)

He judges as a Shepherd

Matthew 25:32–33 NASB95
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

He rewards

1 Peter 5:4 NASB95
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

We are the Sheep

Simply ...

We Follow the Shepherd

John 10:2–5 NASB95
“But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Because we know Him
We actively avoid ‘strangers’

We give ultimate trust

1 Peter 5:4 NASB95
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
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