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The Good Shepherd

John 10:1-21 “I tell you the truth”… if I knew the truth, would you want to know? I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL. Jesus made many claims as ‘the Good Shepherd’, not only as a caretaker of the sheep but as the only gate available for them to find safe pasture. And he began to share deep insights behind the thief of our souls ~the anti-Shepherd antichrist ~ the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy

 


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~speaking notes~
download the pdf: Who Is Jesus Sessions #5

 

JOHN 10:1-11 – Two Voices

Good Shepherd
  • Sheep know his voice and He calls them by name… “Moses, Moses”
  • The gate: I AM the gate for the sheep
Thief
  • Sheep do not recognize his voice, RUN
    AWAY!!
  • Jumps over the gate

“All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.”


  • THE WAY, through the gate leads to life and salvation
  • All other ways lead to death and destruction

 

Nature of The Thief – 1Peter 5:8, “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
  • nature of lions
  • story from Africa
  • context of shepherding in Israel: watchmen, one common gate, sheep knew each shepherd’s voice and followed him

 

JOHN 10:11-21

1. vs.11, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays His life down..
– how far will Jesus go? Luke 15:1-7
2. vs 14, “I am the Good Shepherd: I know my sheep and my sheep know me.
– so do you know the Good Shepherd and does the Good Shepherd know you?

 

Remember two voices? sheep know His voice.
What about the voices in you life? Do you know the Good Shepherd?


One, tells you what you want to hear

One, do good for yourself, get yours

Offers the Kingdom and temporary riches of this world (Luke 4)

You are the way

You can do it

You deserve more

An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, life for life

You can be like God… (Gen 3)

The other, what you need to hear

Other, give of yourself for others

Offers the Kingdom of Heaven and LIFE ETERNAL

I am the way (John 14)

I did it

You deserve death (Rm 3:23;6:23)

I laid down my life for you, you do the same for others

I AM who I AM (John 8, Exodus 3)

 

Which voice to you recognize?
But second question, does the Good Shepherd know you?

 

Matthew 25:31-46
How do the sheep follow the Good Shepherd?

 

1. Love the Lord you God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Give Him your life: follow the Good Shepherd Jesus

2. Love your neighbour as yourself
– give others everything else
– there should be nothing left for you, because you gave your portion
Rich Young Ruler – everything
– but will He not take care of you (birds, flowers – Matthew 6:25-34)
– we are called to live by faith

 

The second command is like the first, “whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”

 

Next Session…
Jesus: the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE and ‘THE BIG 5’

 

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