Tuesday, January 10, 2017

John 10




John 10:1-10 – Jesus is the Gate
  
The Bible often refers to people as sheep.  Jesus told a parable about shepherds and sheep.  The Pharisees pretended to be shepherds of God’s people, but they were not true shepherds.  The Pharisees were considered thieves and robbers, because they were out for themselves and refused to accept Jesus.  They were leading the people astray.  Jesus called Himself the gate or the door for the sheep.  “…. I am the gate for the sheep.”John 10:7.  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”John 10:10

At night shepherds would put their sheep up in a pen to keep them from danger of wild animals and thieves.  The shepherd would stay with his sheep during the day and sleep with them at night.  Shepherds could identify each sheep and would even give them a name.  The sheep knew their shepherd and his voice.  They would follow him wherever he went.  They would never follow a stranger. 

John 10:11-21 – Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11.  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14

There are false shepherds or leaders today who pretend to know other ways to God.  These are like thieves.  The devil is like a thief.  He deceives people and tries to convince them that Jesus is not the only way to God.  Only Jesus can offer salvation.  Only Jesus gives us life.  Once you believe in Jesus you are safe.  The devil can never take away our eternal life that Jesus gives.

If you are a leader or shepherd, are you teaching Biblical truths?
Do you have your sheep’s best interest in mind?
Do you strengthen the weak and point them to Jesus?

Jesus talks about other sheep in verse 16.  These other sheep are the Gentiles.  Jesus came to save the Gentiles as well as the Jews.  He will save everyone who believes in Him no matter who they are or where they are or what nationality they are.  All Christians belong to God’s family and Jesus is our Shepherd.

In verses 17-18 Jesus talks about laying down His life.  The Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus and He knew He had to die to save people.  This was God’s plan.  Jesus obeyed and loved God.  No one forced Him to do this.  He went willing to the cross.  He knew He would be resurrected on the 3rd day, which was also God’s plan.

Jesus’ Words can be applied today.  Believers are His sheep.  We follow the Good Shepherd, because we know His voice.  The gate is Jesus who gives us access to God.  Those who do not believe and teach untruths are thieves and robbers. 

Ways we can avoid these false shepherds and stand firm when they are trying to deceive us:
Know the Word of God
Believe in the power of God
Rely on the Holy Spirit
Practice tough faith
Never give in to what you know is wrong
Order your priorities
Stand for righteousness
Be persistent in prayer
Surrender in worship
Always cling to hope

God will hold these false shepherds accountable and will remove them from tending the sheep and will rescue the flock.  He will search for the sheep and look after them and give them good grazing with rich pasture.  He will tend His sheep.  He will search for the lost, bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.  He will be the shepherd of justice. (Ezekiel 34:1-16).

John 10:22-42 – Jesus is the Son of God

Jesus came to the Feast of Dedication festival.  The Jewish leaders wanting to kill Jesus asked Him if He was the Christ.  Jesus never answered them with a yes or a no.  Instead He spoke about the miracles as the evidence of who He was.  He spoke again about the shepherd and the sheep.  The sheep were all the people who believed in Him.  The leaders didn’t believe and were so stubborn that they didn’t even believe in the miracles they had seen.

Then Jesus made a promise to all who believed in Him.  He promised He would always look after them and that not even death could separate them from Him.  “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my head.”John 10:28.  He didn’t say you had to be good enough or have perfect faith.  All you have do to is believe. 

How secure are you in your salvation?

Jesus is in complete unity with God.  They share the same thoughts, desires, and qualities.  “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30.  The Pharisees wanted Him to say it clearly who He was and He did.  Here the Bible states clearly the Jesus is certainly God.  There can be no mistake that Jesus if God!

After reading this do you still doubt that Jesus is God?

They picked up stones to stone Him because He made Himself equal with God.  They tried to seize Him, but He escaped because it was not yet Him time. 

He knew He would have to die soon, but the time was not now.  He left Jerusalem not because of fear, but to prepare Himself for His return to Jerusalem for His cross.  Many people followed realizing that John the Baptist’s prophecies were right.  They decided to believe because of all the evidence.

How many people have heard you speak about Jesus?
How many will believe because of something you have said about Him?

Jesus willing gave His life for us.  No one made Him do it.  He had the authority to die and the authority to rise again.  It was all up to Him.  He is God!

Have you come to know that Jesus is the eternal God who died in your place?
If you have not believed in Him, will you do it now?

Jesus describes a true believer:
My sheep hear my voice.
I know them.
They follow me.
I give them eternal life.
They will never perish.
No one can snatch them from my hand.

Are you a true believer?
Are you really sure you have eternal life?

Principles:
Jesus is our Good Shepherd and His sheep hear His voice.
Jesus laid down His life to provide eternal life for all who believe.
Only Jesus can give an abundant and full life.

Next week we will study the rest of John 11.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.
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