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The Good Shepherd

May 29, 2022

Pastor Terry Fulks

 

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”

21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” John 10:11–21 NIV

 

Here in these verses we will find three pictures of a good shepherd:

  1. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  2. A good shepherd stays to protect the sheep.
  3. A good shepherd knows his sheep.

 

For me: Jesus is actually three shepherds—the good shepherd, the great shepherd Heb.13:20 and the chief shepherd1 Peter 5:4. Jesus was both a shepherd and a sheep—behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus shut down the temple slaughterhouse, and moved us from the temple to the table.

 

In verses 17-18 Jesus summarizes His relationship with the Father: 

  • Jesus’ radical obedience to God the Father.
  • Jesus has the authority to lay down His life voluntarily.
  • Jesus is taking orders from God the Father.

 

Summary:

  • It is hard work to be a good shepherd.
  • It is dangerous to be a good shepherd.
  • Remember the good shepherd’s main job is to protect and provide for the sheep.
  • Your confidence to make it in life should mainly come from you trusting that Jesus will protect and provide for you.
  • No one forced Jesus to die for you.
  • Do you have a relationship with the good shepherd Jesus Christ?
  • Would you like to take the first step in that relationship?

 

Connection Prayer:  Thank you Jesus that you are a good shepherd and are there to protect and provide for us. I now, with what faith I have, confess that you Jesus died on the cross for my sins, were buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. I take you as my Savior, Lord, and Leader. Please forgive me of my sins and thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to follow you all the days of my life. Amen.

 

Next steps:

  1. Everyday this week pray that God would help you trust Him more as provider and protector.
  2. Read Psalm 23 at least five times and at least one of those times read it in the Message.
  3. Thank God everyday the rest of your life for God being good and good all the time.
  4. Take time this week to express your gratitude to God for what he has already provided. Then think of what you really need and ask the good shepherd to provide that for you.

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