John 10:11-21 I am the Good Shepherd
Where as last week we discussed the nature of false shepherds
The false shepherd
1. expect blind acceptance
2. lack compassion for the sheep
3. exalt themselves or their position
4. bully the sheep
b. The good shepherd
is sent by God (is proven)
gives his life for the sheep (is faithful)
knows the sheep and the sheep know him (is compassionate)
searches out the lost sheep
Jesus is still engaging the Pharisees who are claiming that He is a sinner because he healed on the Sabbath (healing the man born blind in chapter 9)
*The Bible taught that God would one day send a shepherd to protect and care for his people
I am the Good Shepherd
I am the Good Shepherd
1. (Jn. 10:11-13) Trust Christ’s heart (not a thief or a hireling, gives his life for the sheep)
God’s heart for His people is often compared to that of a caring shepherd Psalm 23
Throughout the Old testament, there was this idea that God would shepherd his people through the leaders He appointed over them. King David is a good example of this. He was a literal shepherd 1 Sam. 17:34 who was pictured as the example of the kind of leader that God sends to care for His people.
Jesus declares that He is the Good Shepherd. The fulfillment of God’s promise to protect and provide for His sheep.
Ezek. 34:30-31 - 30 Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord GOD.’ ” 31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord GOD.
Mt. 2:6 - But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
Jesus was sent by God to be the promised shepherd.
Guide them - teach them who God is and what He is like.
Protect them - open their eyes to the problem of their sin and their need for a savior.
Provide for them - give His life to save them.
* Explain - The seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.
Cain - turned his back on God
Enosh - called on the name of the Lord
Lamech and Lamech
2. (Jn. 10:14-18) Understand His sacrifice
Jesus was not a victim - He willingly gave up his life knowing that He could restore it by His own power.
Why Jesus gave his life for us - Is. 53:1-12
Briefly explain substitutionary atonement
Jn. 10:10 -
** Illustration - addiction, self destruction, Imagine - a terrible person, takes a precious little girl and gets her addicted to drugs, then locks her up and abuses here terribly.
Would it be just to say - no big deal - your good.
3. (Jn. 10:24-30) Trust Christ’s word
Jesus explains that His identity is clearly shown in the works He has done.
Why can some people not see it?
John 8:42-44 - 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.