The Good Shepherd Part 3
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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
December 3, 2017
Central Passage
John 10:11-21
The Good Shepherd

Below are some of the pastors study notes.

I am the good shepherd

He is the opposite of the religious leaders. To say that He is good, means there is no bad in Him. We need to remember as well that they did not raise the sheep to be slaughtered, unless they were doing so for a sacrifice, they raised the sheep for their wool, milk and lambs. In other words, they cared for the sheep, so the sheep could produce.

            What do we know about Shepherds?

            V 11Lays down His life—under the law, the sheep died for the shepherd. He did not die as a martyr, he died as a substitute. He laid down His life. Jesus died for the world. His death is sufficient, but only efficient if you apply it to your life.

            V12 Owns the sheep—Jesus purchased the sheep with His blood. He laid down His life to buy the sheep. Sheep are prone to wonder and need a shepherd. Jesus begins with His purchase and provision for the sheep.

            V 12 Sees the wolf—the hireling does not care for the sheep. In fact, Jesus loves His sheep so much that He often has to go and find the sheep that wander. The hireling(religious leaders) care nothing for the sheep. They are kicking the healed blind man out of the church.

            V 14 Knows His own—In the book of John the word know means far more than an intellectual awareness. It implies a salvific relationship where you are known and know God. Jesus knows every sheep. All of their personality, needs, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you have ever struggled with who you are, your identity, Jesus knows who you are.

            V 14 Is known by His own—as we listen and read the word of God, we are able to know God. God is knowable. Just as we are all unique, God reveals Himself to us in special ways. Some of you know God better as your healer, others provider, but we all know Him as Savior.

            V15 Just like the relationship between the Father and Jesus Where as religion tries to pit us against each other in a some form of competition, Jesus is trying to bring us into a closer relationship with God. Believers want other believers to get closer to the Lord. The 1st is last and the last 1st. There is unity in Christ and no place for competition. There is no place for the desire to see other as being less than you or wanting them to fail. Also, Just as Jesus asked and received, all that we ask in the name of Jesus is answered as well.

            V16 Future believers—for the original readers, they would see this as God approving on non Jews getting saved.

            One flock—All believers, past and present, are in the same Flock. Yet, this is more than a statement on time, this is a statement on who can be saved. Jesus died for all. God desires that none should perish. Religion causes us to view certain parts of the world as unworthy or at worse, that we have no business going to them with the gospel. Oh, the beauty of the Gospel is that all need it and God has made it available to all. We are one flock, no longer Jew or Greek, free or slave, but one in Jesus

            One shepherd— Jesus is the head of the church. If Christ has called us to go, we go, to stay, we stay, to love, we love, to unite, we unify.  

The Father loves Jesus because He lays down His life—Jesus uses what’s most precious to please the Father.

He has the authority to lay it down—Jesus uses His authority to reach others

He has the authority to take it up again—The bible teaches that both God the Father and Jesus raised Himself from the dead. This is not a contradiction, but shows their unity. Church are we using our authority in conjunction with the power of God to bring people from life to death?

The Father has charged Jesus with this task—Jesus was charged with the Salvation of Mankind, but we too are charged. Charged with going and sharing this message of Freedom.

John 10:19-21 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

The fact that Jesus is a door reveals to us that there is divide in God’s eyes. A divide between those who are His and those who are not. This divide has eternal ramifications. The good news is that God wishes to seek the lost, so that they might join his herd.

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