Jesus: Our Good Shepherd
John 10: 7-16
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me, 15 just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:7-16, ESV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly"
As Sheep, Jesus knows us!
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me,
"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." (Matthew 6:8, ESV)
"14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses...." (Hebrews 4:14-15a, ESV)
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me, ....v.16 and they will listen to My voice
" 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23, ESV)
As the Shepherd, He was willing to lay down His life!
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me, 15 just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
"16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:16-17, ESV)
"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8, ESV)
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures," (1 Corinthians 15:3, ESV)
"1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 4 Even 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23:1-4, ESV)
Week 5 - Our Good Shepherd
Turn to and read Matt. 9:35-38.
1. What happened when Christ saw the crowds?
2. What was it about the crowds that elicited compassion from Jesus?
3. What can we learn from the fact that Jesus, seeing a people who were “shepherd-less”, was moved toward compassion
Let’s look at the secular job of a shepherd. They have three main responsibilities: Provision – it is a shepherd’s job to herd the sheep to places with good foliage where they can eat and be nourished. Protection – it is a shepherd’s job to protect the sheep in his care from numerous predators. Physical care- it is a shepherd’s job to tend to any injured or ill sheep and nurse them back to health.
4. As a group, discuss why Jesus is often described in scripture and referred to as a “Shepherd”. How often do we experience Jesus being active in our life, in one of the ways listed above?
5. In order to develop the context for our next passage tonight have members of the turn to and read: Matt 10:5-6, Matt. 15:24, and Rom. 15:8. What do we learn from these passages?
Turn to Eph. 2 as a group and read v.11-16. Keep in mind that Paul is speaking to the Gentiles (v.11) in this passage.
6. Look closely at v.12, and keep in mind the context from question #5. What is Paul saying here to the Gentiles as it relates to them being a part of the flock?
7. Continue to examine v.12. Paul mentions three pieces of evidence as proof that these people are separated from the flock of Christ. Identify and discuss them as a group.
8. What evidence do you see in Eph. 2:13-16 of Christ’s compassion for the Gentiles?
Christ Himself states in Matt. 9:36 that His original mission was to come for the lost sheep of Israel, but look at Christ’s last command to the disciples in Matt. 28:19. He tells them to make disciples of all nations…this includes the Gentiles! This is an inclusive statement for all the sheep that are harassed and helpless…who are Shepherd-less. Christ came first for the Jews, but the Gentiles were always a part of the plan. Christ is a true Shepherd! He is moved to compassion when He sees sheep without a Shepherd. We are sheep and He is the Good Shepherd! We are in desperate need of His guidance, His provision, and His protection. There is nothing He won’t do for His sheep. He will lay down His life for His sheep and He will defend His sheep. He is committed to His sheep, He does not take “days off”! There may be times when we feel isolated from the flock and that our Shepherd is far away, but the evidence of scripture, in fact Christ’s words Himself, proves that this feeling is a lie; it is a vicious attack on the sheep from a very dangerous predator…Satan! But our Shepherd is also a great protector! Let us cry out to Him, the Good Shepherd, in times like these!