Week 1 – Jeff Maness – April 1st, 2018
Who is Jesus? The answer to that question has eternal significance. In Psalm 23, we read about the Lord being our Shepherd. Jesus, calls Himself the Good Shepherd. So if Jesus is our Good Shepherd, then what makes Jesus so good?
Who Is Jesus? Good Shepherd
Matthew 16:15 15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
John 10:11 I am the Good Shepherd.
Jesus is more than just A shepherd, He is our GOOD Shepherd.
Big Question: What makes Jesus so Good?
Main Scripture: John 10:1-27
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John 10:1 1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!
John 10:6-9a 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant,7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9a Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.
1. He is the Way of Salvation
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 10:11, 17-18 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 17 The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
John 10:9b-10 9b They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. (say a few words) 10 The thief’s (devil’s) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
2. He provides the worth of salvation
“David has found the pasture where discontent goes to die. It’s as if he’s saying, ‘what I have in God is greater than what I don’t have in life.’” — Max Lucado “Traveling Light”
3. He provides the walk of salvation
John 10:14-16, 27 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:19-21 19 When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 20 Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” 21 Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”