Text: John 10:11-42
Psalm 23 – Most famous Psalm
God would use the illustration of shepherds throughout Israel’s history and throughout the Bible. The things that make Jesus Christ the GOOD Shepherd.
Good Shepherd is Sacrificial in Nature (vss 11-18)
- Willingness of the shepherd (vs 11)
- His death was necessary, but he had to be willing
- “giveth his life for the sheep”
- Didn’t die in battle, he didn’t die of “natural causes”, he didn’t die at the hands of another. In any of those cases his motives could be questioned. Maybe he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. No, Jesus died because he gave up his own life.
- Substitution of the shepherd (vs 11)
- Sacrifice sets him apart from the hireling (vss 12-13)
- He isn’t interested in what he can get out of the sheep like the hireling. The hireling is there for the paycheck.
- Sacrifice also brings fellowship (vss 14-16)
- Military men in battle together form a unique bond of sacrifice. It brings them together.
- Sacrifice strengthens the fellowship between Jesus Christ as his own
- It will also bring in sheep from another fold, that is, Gentiles – you and I – if you’re saved. (vs 16)
- Sacrifice of the shepherd is pleasing to God (vss 17-18)
- Pleasing so that after the sacrifice Jesus Christ will get up out of the tomb and live forevermore according to the words of the Father
- Let another religious leader or philosopher say what Jesus said in verse 18!
- 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
Good Shepherd Separates the Flocks with His Voice (vss 19-26)
- Identified the division among the “herds” by what he said (vs 19)
- My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me (10:27)
- Why hear ye him? (vs 20)
- Many reasons. His words are: true, prophetic, right, pure, clean, comforting.
- Better question is why don’t ye hear him?
- Devils don’t talk like him
- Even those who hated him couldn’t argue with the change in people’s lives (vs 21)
- His flock is marked by their ears
- He’s accused of being unclear (vss 22-24). The opposite is true. He was too clear.
- The problem always comes down to belief in God’s words. What you’ll do with God’s words tells you exactly who you are and what flock you are a part of.
Good Shepherd Secures the Flock (vss 27-29)
- Shepherd’s job is to protect the sheep and keep them safe.
- His voice is security (vs 27)
- His presence is security (vs 27) – Colossians 1:27, Christ in you, the hope of glory
- His leading is security (vs 27)
- Gives them eternal life as security, not temporary life (vs 28)
- His salvation is security (vs 28)
- His power is security (vss 28-30)
- ILLUSTRATION: Golden Gate Bridge, 23 died before a net installed, afterwards there were no more falling deaths and at least 10 men were caught by the net, and 25% more work was accomplished
Good Shepherd is the Son of God (vss 30-42)
- Verse 30 says Jesus Christ is God
- If he was a good teacher, why was he so hated by the teachers of the law? – John 7:1
- If he was an outstanding religious man, how do you account for an empty tomb? We know where Mohamed is buried. We know where Buddha’s bones are scattered.
- If he was a moral leader, why would he call himself God? – John 5:18
- Maybe he is crazy, but then how do you explain his wonderful works?
- Or he is a charlatan: a deceptive liar. Another option is that he knows nothing he says is true about him being equal with God, but he is preaching it anyway to lead many astray. If he is a liar, he is not a good moral teacher.
- Or what is saying is true. He is exactly who he says he is.
- 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the body of God Almighty. Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The Lord Jesus Christ is what the eternal Creator of the all things, all powerful, all knowing, looks like and acts like as a man. He is the express image of God’s person according to Hebrews 1:3.
- God’s Love in Jesus Christ
- God must become a man in order to express His love. Why? Because love is measured by what it costs. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- Parents, how would you feel about your child being mistreated? What would be your reaction to a show of mercy so great, you were willing to offer up your child for someone else and they said, Nah, we aren’t interested.
- There is no difference between what Jesus Christ says and does and what God says and does. Jesus said If you have seen me you have seen the Father.
- You cannot have a relationship with God without Jesus Christ.
- What you do with Jesus Christ IS what you do with God.