The Good Shepherd!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

He Calls His Sheep by Name

10 1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the Gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the Gate. The gatekeeper opens the Gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he talked about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

-John 10:1-10 The Message

We learned in the last few verses of chapter 9 about Spiritual Blindness. We are now going to learn about the Good Shepherd. First, Jesus will teach us something that should strike an idea. Then, we should try to apply it to our daily living.

Verse 1: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

Verse 2: “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

Verse 3: “To him, the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Verse 4: “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

Verse 5: “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Verse 6: This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

Verse 7: So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I tell you, I am the door of the sheep.

Verse 1 study: During the night, the sheep gathered into a sheepfold to protect them from thieves, weather, or wild animals. It is caves, sheds, or open areas surrounded by walls made of stones or branches. The shepherd slept in the fold to protect the sheep. The shepherd cares for his sheep; Jesus is the same way with his followers. Ezekiel, one of the prophets, predicted the coming of the Messiah called him a shepherd (Ezekiel 34:23).

Verse 7 study: In the sheepfold, the shepherd functioned as a door, letting the sheep in and protecting them. Jesus is the door to God’s salvation for us. He offers safety and security. Christ is the same way with us; he is our protector. People resent that Jesus is the door. The door is the only access to God. But as Jesus is God’s Son, why go a different way to get to him?

Verse 8: “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

Verse 9: I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved and go in and out and find pasture.

Verse 10: The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Verse 10 study: A thief takes lives. Jesus gives us life. What he gives us is an abundantly richer and fuller life. It’s eternal, and it begins immediately. Living with Christ on a higher plane is overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Do you have time to think about taking Christ’s offer of life?

Father, thank you for our study today. I pray for decisions to take you up on your offer of living life your style. I pray it is not intimidating to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen!