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I AM the Door and Good Shepherd

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Introduction: Some positions in our society are colored with a bad reputation:
Salesmen- watch your wallet. only after you for the sale.
Politicians- after your vote. say anything to get it.
Lawyers- ‘ambulance chasers’
NOTE: Good salesmen, politicians, lawyers… need Christians in those positions…
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Also worth noting that the church is not without such stereotypes.
TV evangelists… 80’s, 90’s, even in our day…
Eccl. ‘Nothing new under the sun.’
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Jesus had some pretty sobering words to say about the Scribes, Pharisees, and Saducees.
(S’s & P’s) …
Matthew 23:14 NKJV
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
(Saducees) ‘saducees known for wealth accumulated by temple ministry’
OT and : ‘WOE to the shepherds!’ feed themselves and not feed the flocks.
‘weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken…’
Thus ‘I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.’
: comes after Jesus’ healing of blind man in . see vss.39-41.
In , Jesus begins to contrast his method of shepherding, with that of the Scribes and P’s.
‘Thieves and Robbers’
, .
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Our Study: I AM Series… now, DOOR and GOOD Shepherd.
Prop: Four things the Good Shepherd Does for His Sheep.
NOTICE: JESUS IS THE DOOR and He is THE GOOD SHEPHERD…
vv. 7, 9, 11, 14.
CONCEPT: Larger flocks flanked by walls; rocks, hedges. Only one entrance. The Door. Doorkeeper responsible for letting several flocks into the protected area. The shepherd was responsible for the flock or flocks. He would often take them out of the protected area, in order for them to find pasture for feeding, and water for drinking. The shepherd was responsible for feeding and protecting the flock. If the shepherd was a hired hand, then as one might suspect, he was merely doing his job. Still, there are others who will harm the sheep, those who will want to steal them; they climb over the wall, because the doorman would not let them in. And when the sheep are with the shepherd, grazing in pastures, there are wolves who would come and seek to devour the sheep.
So one writer (Barclay) tells of the Middle East Shepherd’s equipment: scrip (bag of food), sling (throw stone in front of sheep that began to stray, so warned the sheep to turn back), rod (about 3 ft long, lump of wood at end, used to drive off wild beasts, staff (long crooked stick, pull back a straying sheep with its crook).
Now, note those four things that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, does for His Sheep:
I. #1: The Good Shepherd LEADS His Sheep:
Found in verses 3-6.
A. He is the legitimate shepherd.
(3)
THE one sent by the Father
Ezekiel 34:11 NKJV
‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
Ez. 34:11
The Sheep Follow Him
The Sheep Follow Him
(3) hear his voice
(3) calls them, they follow
(4) goes before them; not behind striking them!
(5) not follow a stranger
B. Jesus leads his sheep. THROUGH His VOICE. HIS WORD!
Psalm 23:2–3 NKJV
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
His Earthly Ministry: Gathering His disciples. Leading them; teaching; preaching.
Ministry: Gathering His disciples. Leading them; teaching; preaching.
John 6:45 NKJV
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
‘Follow ME’
YOU?
See v.16
>>>TURN: !
II. #2: The Good Shepherd PROTECTS His Sheep:
A. Think about sheep. Interesting creatures!
By this illustration, people are compared to sheep.
B. CHS:
Considering this he says,
‘we shall feel how unwise we always are. A sheep is one of the most unwise of creatures. It will go anywhere except in the right direction; it will leave a fat pasture to wander into a barren one; it will find out many ways but not the right way; it would wander through a wood, and find its way through ravines into the wolf’s jaws, but never by its wariness turn away from the wolf; it could wander near his den, but it would not instinctively turn aside from the place of danger; it knoweth how to go astray, but it knoweth not how to come home again. The sheep is foolish. Left to itself, it would not know in what pasture to feed in summer, or whither to retire in winter.”
NOTE: True of me! All us! Prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love!
all we
C. He protects his sheep!
see v. 7-8 and how the shepherd would lie at the door!
see v. 9-13 (protect only at this point)
D. MEANING: NOT MEAN: NO difficulty; NO trials…persecution…
NOT MEAN: NO difficulty; NO trials…persecution…
DOES MEAN:
Psalm 23:4 NKJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Romans 8:38 NKJV
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
‘returned to the Shepherd and ‘GUARDIAN’ of your souls!’
III. #3: The GOOD Shepherd KNOWS His Sheep:
See v. 14-15a
A. The Shepherd had to know how far his sheep could travel without getting exhausted.
The GOOD Shepherd knows us far more intimately.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Matthew 10:29–31 NKJV
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Nahum 1:7 NKJV
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
MH- {Perhaps they are obscure and little regarded in the world, but the Lord knows them}
B. SOURCE of COMFORT!
[searched…known…such knowledge too wonderful…]
rod/staff comfort me…
should be our prayer!
Psalm 139:23–24 NKJV
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
He will!
IV. #4: The GOOD Shepherd LOVES His Sheep:
Points 1-3 LEADS, PROTECTS, KNOWS…Loves ..... HUSBANDS!? Fathers.
A. SEEN
V. 11
V. 15
V. 17-18 sum…
B. Provides THE ONLY WAY BACK TO GOD: VERSE 9!
C. Jesus the ONLY SUBSTITUTE for HIS Sheep! VERSE 11,15!
‘Particular Redemption’
, here… HIS SHEEP!
HOW? ‘
v. 11. contra hirelings.
v. 15b
grtr lv hath no man than this…thn to ly dwn ones life fr hs frnds
SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT
SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT
JUDGE announces verdict. Jesus comes in, says to you, step aside. You’ve committed the crime, but I will do the time. This case, DEATH PENALTY. HELL.
THIS IS HOW THE PSALMIST COULD SAY:
Psalm 23:4 NKJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:6 NKJV
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
CONCLUSION:
1. Have YOU HEARD THE GOOD SHEPHERD? CALLING YOU THROUGH GOSPEL? Etc.
2. These words a SOURCE of COMFORT!
a. FUTURE of the CHURCH. v. 16 b.
b. OUR OWN SOULS!
c. PARENTS-YOUR CHILDREN!
3. ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE GOOD SHEPHERD? He LOVES, and he LEADS!
a. By his Word, of Course….
b. ANOTHER WAY… UNDERSHEPHERDS…DISCIPLES…PASTORS…ELDERS…
Ephesians 4:11–12 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
To Peter ( feed, tend, feed)
4. Those who lead the flock:
a. Christ our example: Leads; Protects; KNOWS; LOVES (Sacrificially)
>>>> SHEPHERDING VISITS!
b. sinful men.
c. ALL need the Good shepherd.
beauty of presbyterianism (parity)
No shepherd though, like GOOD shepherd...
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Lord’s Supper:
Jesus Love for us?
This table.
His prayer
‘Holy Father, keep through your name those whom you have given Me, that they may be one as we are.’
On Cross. ‘Woman behold your son; Behold your mother!’
ORDER:
Words of Institution: (1 Cor. 11)
‘The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, Take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords’s death till he comes.’
Meaning and Nature
not resacrificing; but remembrance of once-for-all sacrifice of himself for our sins.
no empty sign either-means of grace. feeds us…HS/Faith. SIGN AND SEAL…
Spiritual nourishment;
Call to deeper thanksgiving, and renewed commitment to him; his covenant grace. Also a pledge of our communion with Him and each other. Look back (death), Look forward (coming)…
Fencing [profession/baptized/good standing]
Invitation
Prayer
Partaking
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