We've released a new version of SermonCentral! Read the release notes here.

Summary: Sermon focuses on Jesus as the Good shepherd

  Study Tools

The Good Shepherd

John 10:11-18

Introduction: Message about Jesus. (Every message about Jesus) Read it as it appears in

the Message - Eugene Petersons book The Message. Highlight each of these verses as we

go through this morning - Jesus says "I am the Good Shepherd"

> Chapter begins with Jesus explaining a parable of the sheep & the shepherd

> The people did not understand - (not stupid - just never had experienced love like this)

> Good Shepherd - adjective "good" - {excellent-nobel-beautiful-ideal}

> word is KALOS - Implies an inward goodness beyond externals

> Wasn’t the Shepherd concept that they didn’t get it was to good part

> Kings’ shepherded the people -

> Septer of the King grew from the staff of the shepherd

> God had already established in the Jewish heart this

shepherd/sheep relationship was ingrained - David Psalm 23


> Good and Jesus - to the Jew - God was far away - now He is right here

> Establishes His role as the Shepherd then begins to describe His love for the sheep.

> Begins in verse 11 - a description of the relationship that He desires to have with you

and I - He covers many aspects of that relationship that both He and we long for.

* The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep

> Pre-crucifixion foreshadowing of the days to come - on this side of the cross we

can see clearly that Jesus laid down his life for us - even then he had

begun to do it - set it in motion - gave up heaven and glory to confine Himself to

a limiting shell of humanity - then ultimately gave up that flesh to be


~ We will come back here but before that - Jesus gives us a contrast to consider

> The Hired Hand

> See’s the wolf - recognizes that the danger to the sheep so great

it could cost him something - A wolf could kill a man - but a committed

man in a fight to the death would have and advantage. No man here Can

fight a wolf at no cost -

> Leave’s the sheep - distances himself form the sheep, wolf wants sheep

see’s me as a threat - will attack me first - get me out of the way

> Run’s away - failed in his responsibility to the sheep, the wolf has won,

he is next so he run’s away

> Picture of exactly what happens whenever we try to follow another shepherd

> any other shepherd - false god of money will desert you in need

> the false god of sensual pleasure will be gone when you lay dying all

alone and miserable

> the false god of religion will leave you cold when you are in need

> The Good Shepherd

> Saw the Wolf that would "pounce" on the sheep - He loved them -

> Gave himself for them - Hireling left the Sheep - Jesus came to us

> Hireling Ran away - Jesus stood between us and the Wolf of sin that would

destroy us - Look at the end of verse12 - Catches - snatches -

& scatters - Teareth - carries some off and scatters

> Jesus is the Good Shepherd & He lays down His life for the sheep -

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Verse 14 - Restates ’I am the Good Shepherd’

* I know my sheep & my sheep know me

> Word for "Know" - ginosko-

1) to learn to know, to come to know, to get a knowledge by perception, to feel, to

Browse All Media

Related Media

Follow Jesus
PowerPoint Template
The True Vine
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion