Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sermon Series: HE’S MORE THAN WONDERFUL #9
“Jesus Christ – The Good Shepherd”
Of the many images painted by John in his wonderful Gospel, probably the most descriptive is that of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. In these verses, we can see the heart of Jesus on display. Here, He reveals His great love for sinners and His plan for dealing with their sin.
These verses teach us that Jesus possesses certain qualities that qualify Him to be called the Good Shepherd. I would like to take a few minutes this morning and look into this passage and see for ourselves why Jesus deserves this title. Let’s walk through these verses and discover Jesus Christ: The Good Shepherd.
As our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ possesses the right credentials, the right character, and the right concern:
I. Our Good Shepherd Possesses the Right Credentials: John 10:1-5
A. Our Good Shepherd appeared in the right way (vv.1-3a)
1. He had been virgin born (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:21-23)
2. He had been born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matt. 2:4-6)
3. He had come in the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4)
B. Our Good Shepherd calls in a distinct way (v.3, “and the sheep hear His voice”).
C. Our Good Shepherd commands in the correct way (vv.4-5)
II. Our Good Shepherd Possesses the Right Character: John 10:6-10
A. The Personality of our Good Shepherd (vv.6-8)
B. The Performance of our Good Shepherd (v.9a)
C. The Promise of our Good Shepherd (vv.9b-10)
III. Our Good Shepherd Possesses the Right Concern: John 10:11-18
A. Concern verified by His Sacrifice (vv.11-13)
B. Concern verified by His Sheep (v.14)
C. Concern verified by His Salvation (vv.15-18)
There is no question that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The only question that remains at this point in the service is this: Do you know the Shepherd? How you answer that question determines where you can expect to spend eternity.