Lord help us to see your love for us as we see this picture of you as our good Shepherd.
READ John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me” John 10:14
- Make a list of how Jesus describes himself as shepherd.
- How does this contrast with the hired hand?
- What is the result of Jesus’s shepherding (v. 16)?
- Jesus says repeatedly in this short passage that He will lay down His life for His sheep. Count how many times he says it.
- After He lays down His life what does He do?
- Verse 18 brings a profound statement and a little revelation into the relationship between the Father and the Son. What does Jesus say?
- Jesus says, I have been given the “charge” to lay down my life, I have been given authority to do this and I do this because I choose to do it. Jesus loves you so much that He chose to lay down His life for you… His sheep. You are His. You are part of His flock. He cares for you as He cares for all of His sheep, with love, completely and sacrificially. What is your response?
- “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20
Lord God, you have made clear in your word that you have offered us salvation by one name only. May we understand more clearly today the truth of the Messiah – the one deliverer.
READ John 10:7-11
“‘I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.'” John 10:9
In the first part of Chapter 10 of the book of John, Jesus talks about himself and his sheep. We are going to break this down into a couple of different sections over today & tomorrow to look at what He reveals about himself.
- Did Jesus say I am “a” door? No! He says He is _____door. What does that reveal about the way to the kingdom of God?
- What happens when we choose to enter through Jesus (verse 9)?
- What does Jesus say about the many false teachers who have tried to like like the savior? What do they offer?
- In contrast, what kind of life does Jesus offer?
- It is a common belief in this time of moral relativism and “spirituality” that we can earn our way to heaven or that there are many paths. But Jesus is very specific here about the way to salvation and abundant life. Take time today to focus on Christ and what He offers you.
Thank you Jesus that you have made a way for us. Thank you Jesus that you offer us salvation, freedom and provision – a truly abundant life. Lord may we be as David in Psalm 18 and declare “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
- In this Psalm David refers to the Lord as His shepherd. What are some characteristics of a shepherd?
- What are some characteristics of sheep?
- Jesus called Himself a shepherd in John 10:1-18. Read this passage…it does help to understand the relationship between the Lord and His sheep? Write down some specific verses that characterize Jesus as a Shepherd.
- This passage also help us to understand the role of the sheep. What does 10:14-16 reveal about Jesus’ sheep?
- The Lord provides for His sheep! In Psalm 23 what does David tell us about the Lord’s provision (read this verse in several translations to give you a fresh prospective)?
- He knows our name! We know His voice! We follow Him and He provides all we need. How often we forget. What do you need to trust to Him today? Lay it in His arms and follow His lead!
Be a sheep! I will be praying for you!