Our Good Shepherd
Main Point: The Good Shepherd loves us like none other
The Good Shepherd knows His Sheep (the One who knows us best, loves us best)
The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep (protection, provision)
The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep
“He has an intimate knowledge of all who are redeemed with His most precious blood … He knows the secret ins and outs of every one of us better than anyone us us knows himself. He knows our trials, He knows our sins. When He chose us, He knew what we are and what we should be. He did not buy His sheep in the dark. He did not choose us without knowing all the devious ways of our past and future lives. Herein lieth the splendor of His grace. They say of human love that it is blind; but Christ’s love has many eyes, and all its eyes are open, and yet He still loves us.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ~ Psalm 23:4
“Then he led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their
enemies.” ~ Psalm 78:52-53
“Abundant life it is about having stuff. It is about having God … the apex of abundant life is the worship of Jesus Christ.” ~ John Piper
“We see the depth of Jesus love in the freedom of it - the willingness of it, the eagerness of it, the gladness of it. He was not forced into doing what He was not willing and eager to do … He loved us with all of his heart.” ~ John Piper
10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (ESV)