Jesus is the Good Shepherd

(From John Chapter 10).

Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

He gives His life for the sheep.

Jesus saves.

He leads.

He speaks.

He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.

He knows His sheep, and they follow Him.

He gives eternal life.

He gives life to an abundance, to the full, until it overflows. He gives happiness, favor, joy, peace, rest, love, faith, hope and infinitely more.

Jesus and His Father are one.

Those who belong to Jesus belong to the Father. Amen.

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep . . .” (John 10:11).

In the same passage, Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one” (John 10:28-30).

Jesus Gives Rest

Jesus is the good shepherd who gives rest: 

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly (humble) in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Jesus, the Door and the Shepherd

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:2).

This verse reveals the gospel, the good news of Jesus.

“He,” “the door” and “the shepherd” are Jesus Christ.

Jesus reveals that there is a door and a shepherd.

Jesus reveals that every person has a choice. They can open the door and receive Jesus; or not.

The Door, the Shepherd and Some Highlights from the Good Shepherd Passage

The Shepherd of the Sheep

v. 2: “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:2).

The Doorkeeper

v. 3: “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out ” (John 10:3).

Jesus Leads and Speaks

v. 4: “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4).

Jesus is the Door. Jesus Saves

v. 7: “Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep’” (John 10:7).

v. 9: “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).

The Thief

v. 10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a).

Jesus Offers Eternal Life

v. 10: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b).

Jesus, the Good Shepherd Who Gives His Life for the Sheep

v. 11: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

The Father and Jesus

v. 15: “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:15).

The Father’s Love for Jesus

v. 17: “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again” (John 10:17).

1. Jesus’ Father loves Him, because Jesus lays down His life that He may take it again.

Jesus Chose to Die for the World

v. 18: “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:18).

Jesus’ Works in His Father’s Name Bear Witness of Him

v. 25: “Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me’” (John 10:25).

v. 26: “But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you” (John 10:26).

Jesus Speaks. His Sheep Hear His Voice. Jesus Knows Them. They Follow Him.

v. 27: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Jesus Gives Eternal Life. No One Shall Pluck Them out of His Hand.

v. 28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28, KJV).

The Father Gave Jesus the Saints. Jesus’ Father is Greater than All. No One is Able to Pluck Them out of His Father’s Hand

v. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29, KJV).

Jesus and the Father are One

v. 30 “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).

The Father Sanctified and Sent Jesus into the World

v. 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

At Least Believe Jesus’ Works, that You May Know and Believe the Father is in Jesus, and Jesus is in Him

v. 37 “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:37).

From Isaiah 40:

“Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young” (Isaiah 40:10-11).

The Choice

Every person in the world is given a choice.

The choice is between God and self.

A person’s eternal destiny, heaven or hell, depends on this choice.

Those who choose the only true God will live forever in heaven.

Those who choose self will spend eternity in hell.

Those Who do not Hear the Gospel

Those who never hear the gospel have the same choice.

The choice is easy to make: how could anyone say no to God?

It is self-will that keeps someone from God.

A man of God said, “The ultimate sin is self-will.”

Related to self-will, four things keep people from finding God and going deeper with Him: self (the old nature), sin, the world, and the enemy.

A key to knowing God is humbling ourselves before Him and repenting. When someone does that, gives their life to God, and invites Jesus into their life, He will save them.

Common Sense

It is very clear and apparent that we need God.

1. We had nothing to do with being born on the earth.

2. We have nothing to do with surviving for even one second. God provides everything we have and need; such as the sun, air, food, water and more.

3. God keeps us and every person we rely on alive.

Therefore, it is common sense that a person should give their life to God.

Objections

People present objections to choosing Jesus. They cross-question God, which is very dangerous and foolish to do.

The fact that they ask these questions reveal that they have thought about God and spiritual things. Therefore, it reveals that eternity is in their heart: “Also He has put eternity in their hearts . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

The root cause of their objections is self-will. The objections are the results of choosing self.

Their objections can be fully answered, but they just come up with new ones.

The greatest, supreme and only privilege for man is knowing God and all that contains . . . which is infinite and eternal.