Jesus is Our Shepherd, John 10:1-21
Read John 10:1-21
Just before this Jesus had proclaimed or affirmed is Holy Divinity. Another word for this is deity.
“This is what he says, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ [The man answered] ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And he said, “Lord I believe.” —John 9:35-38
A). It is Clear in Scripture that God must be our Shepherd. Faith (trust) in the God of three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is the Only Way in Which we are Eternally Saved.
The entirety of scripture teaches us that we can find peace, contentment, and joy when we are looking to God as our shepherd.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guid me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. —Psalm 23:1-3
“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good…Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” —Isaiah 55:1-2, 6
(Jesus Talking:) “Truly, Truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I cam that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” —John 10:7-10
B). If we do not remain in a relationship with our Shepherd we will get led astray, become lost.
It is important to note that wolves would come and prey upon sheep when they were in pastures. A shepherd’s job was to maintain the fence and make sure predators could not get in BUT often sheep escape from the fence, they wander. Once a sheep wanders they are in immediate danger.
Paul warns Timothy of this in the New Testament letter to his new church:
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, — 1 Timothy 4:1-2
Our Shepherd does not only command service but He has actually served His sheep (us) in the ultimate way: “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. —John 10:18. We must serve because Christ has served us a first (lead by example).
1) Why did Jesus lay his life down for us? 2) How do we know we are worshiping Christ instead of “our version" of Christ? 3) How can we know Jesus in a deeper way?