Jesus the Good Shepherd Jn 10:11 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
By comparison to a shepherd we understand that Jesus the good shepherd:
Seeks – Lk 15:4-7; 19:10 – he came “to seek and to save that which was lost” – we are not Calvinistic, but we believe the Holy Spirit must be involved in the gospel for folks to get saved – Cornelius is a good example of a man the Lord sought out with the gospel.
Washes – Is 1:8 – he washed us from our sins in his own blood, Rev 1:5 – he found us dirty and cleaned us up – we are “clean through the word,” Jn 15:3 – see 1 Cor 6:9-11.
Feeds – The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it [Ps 68:11] – he uses preachers to feed the flock [Acts 20:28; 1 Pet 5:2] – the preacher preaches it and the Holy Spirit inspires it – and lives change, they grow and they get saved.
Cares for – 1 Pet 5:7 – “casting all your care upon him for he careth for you” – we need him to care for us – sometimes there is no man to care for your soul, Ps 142:4.
Protects – like David protected his sheep [from a lion and a bear] – we have enemies, not the least of whom is the devil, 1 Pet 5:8 – and then there are the wolves, Matt 10:16 – and there are the deceivers who are in it for their own gain, Matt 7:15.
Rests – Matt 11:28-30 – oddly we get our rest while taking his yoke.
Heals – healing is different today than in the gospels because the emphasis is not on Israel right now – but we still look to him to give us health – like a good shepherd sometimes he has to shear us or even hurt us for our own good – then he heals – don’t get bitter in this process.
Separates – Matt 25:32 he divides us from the goats [2 Cor 6:14-18] and from sick sheep [1 Cor 5:1-8].
Knows – Jn 10:27-30 – if you’re his sheep do you follow him – 2 Tim 2:19 describes this seal, “The Lord knoweth them that are his” – does he know you as one of his sheep? If not then you need to trust him today.