by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: John 10:1-6]
A. Throughout John’s gospel Jesus introduces Himself in various ways (John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7,11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1), and yet so very few realized who He was.
B. One of the most endearing portraits of Jesus is that which represents Him as the Good Shepherd. What does it mean for us?
I. Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
A. The good shepherd knows his sheep (John 10:3,14).
B. The good shepherd leads his sheep (Psalm 23:2-3).
C. The good shepherd protects his sheep (John 10:11-13; Psalm 23:2-4).
D. The good shepherd provides for his sheep (John 10:9; Psalm 23:1-2,5).
E. The good shepherd always has room for more (John 10:16; 14:2-3).
F. The good shepherd stops at nothing to rescue the sheep that is lost (Luke 15:4-7).
II. Jesus is the door.
A. Jesus is the only means of entrance into God’s flock (John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:12).
B. Many have tried to get in another way (John 10:1).
A. We should remember that people judge the shepherd by the appearance of his sheep (Psalm 23:3).
B. Jesus promises protection to all who will follow (John 10:26-28). Are you following Him? Is He your Shepherd?