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The “I AM” series is a highlighted look at these unique proclamations by Jesus on who He is. So far we have examined Jesus as “the bread of life”, “the light of the world” and “the door of the sheep”. This week we look at Jesus statement, “I am the good shepherd”. Our Lord looked upon the crowd in Matthew 9 and scripture says “he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus explains his role as our good shepherd in John 10.
Key Passages: John 10:8-18; Matt 9:36-38; Psalm 23; Luke 12:23-30; Isa 40:11; 2 Thes 3:3; 1 Peter 2:25; Isa 53:6
- Have someone read John 10:8-18 and review the primary sermon points to refresh the message (or have a volunteer do this).
- Pretend you were reading the Job Description for the newly posted job of a shepherd, what character traits and skills would it say a candidate would need to have? What tasks would it say this person would have to be able & willing to do?
- How does it shape your view of Christ when He calls himself the “good shepherd”?
- Read John 10:4 and v14 again. What do learn from these verses about our relationship with Jesus?
- Read v11 and v15 of John 10. What would cause a shepherd to do this? (love… read also John 15:13) Read Romans 5:7-8; we weren’t even show-caliber, prize-winning, good smelling, obedient sheep (most likely quite the opposite) and He died for us… what can we learn from this? (His great & amazing grace, love and glory; selfless, sacrificial living, etc)
- Ask what other personal observations or takeaways your group had from the sermon.
Pray that we would learn from our “good shepherd” and follow Him; that we would model as “under-shepherds” his love & compassion to a lost and undeserving world… that some may come to know Him!
SERMON NOTES / ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Characteristics of Shepherds
The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like Palestine were very onerous. "In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1 Samuel 17:34 ).", Deane's David.
The frequent use of the word "shepherd" to indicate a spiritual overseer is familiar to Bible readers (Psalms 23:1; 80:1; Ecclesiastes 12:11; Isaiah 40:4; 63:14; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:23; 37:24; John 21:15-17; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:1-4). We still use the term "pastor," literally, "a shepherd." Leaders in temporal affairs were also called shepherds (Genesis 47:17 margin; Isaiah 44:28; 63:11). "Sheep without a shepherd" typified individuals or nations who had forgotten Yahweh (Numbers 27:17; 1 Kings 22:17; 2 Chronicles 18:16; Ezekiel 34:5,8; Zechariah 10:2; Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34).
Jesus is spoken of as the good shepherd (John 10:14); chief shepherd (1 Peter 5:4); great shepherd (Hebrews 13:20); the one shepherd (John 10:16). "He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young" (Isaiah 40:11) is a picture drawn from pastoral life of Yahweh's care over His children. A strong sympathy for helpless animals, though sometimes misdirected, is a marked characteristic of the people of Bible lands. The birth of offspring in a flock often occurs far off on the mountain side. The shepherd solicitously guards the mother during her helpless moments and picks up the lamb and carries it to the fold. For the few days, until it is able to walk, he may carry it in his arms or in the loose folds of his coat above his girdle.