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The Good Shepherd (John 10:1-11)

April 15, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Michael Leach (Senior Pastor at All Saints Redeemer Church) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon illustrates the uniqueness of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Pastor Leach makes clear distinctions between the Good Shepherd and renegades (false teachers). The focus of this sermon is on two lessons concerning the Good Shepherd for His sheep, namely, His voice is correctly identified by His Sheep and His validity is clearly intensified to His Sheep.

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His Sheep Apprehend: His Voice is Identified

““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. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them (John 10:1-6;ESV).

Pastor Leach describes those who reject Jesus as the Messiah as renegades. However, Jesus told them along with His disciples that His sheep do not listen to the voice of renegades, because they correctly identify the voice of their Shepherd through their intimate relationship with Him. In the context of this relationship, the Good Shepherd seeks, gathers, and feeds His sheep (cf. Psalm 23).

His Sheep Appreciate: His Validity is Intensified

So Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:7-11; ESV).”

In contrast to good shepherds, the robbers, thieves, renegades come to mislead the sheep, in order to feed on the sheep (cf. Ezekiel 34). Jesus’s validity is displayed in the care He gives in explaining His Words to His sheep, and they feed on them and are aware of imposters who would seek to lead them away from Him. More importantly, not only does the Good Shepherd feed, seek and gather His beloved sheep, He lays down His life for them in order to protect them and give them an abundant life.

Do you know Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd?

The teachers of the Law (i.e. religious leaders: Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees) could not understand Christ, they were blind, and His voice was not recognized by them. We can only hear Christ in a saving relationship, where He changes us from wayward goats that willfully reject His commands to submissive sheep that willfully accept His commands. False teachers give death, but Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to all who come unto Him (Matthew 11:25-30).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free.

For more information concerning Pastor Leach and ASRC, please visit their website at http://www.asrchurch.org

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