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“The Good Shepard”- Following Good Leaders

John 10: 1-18

Key Verse: “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” – John 10:4

Last week we were blessed to see how Jesus is the sustaining bread of life that every person needs in order to survive.  This week we see Jesus giving us another one of the seven “I Am” statements.  He says, “I Am the Good Shepherd”.  Anyone who follows the Good Shepherd will always find their lives being made better.  Let’s begin to see how this lesson unfolds.

The lesson opens with Jesus giving us an awesome discourse about him being the door and all that came before Him were thieves and robbers but the sheep did not hear them.  Not only is Jesus the door, but any sheep that comes by him shall be saved and their needs will be met when they find pasture.  It is good to know that Jesus is a shepherd that provides for the needs of His sheep.  In the tenth verse, He says that the enemy comes to do three things: steal, kill, and destroy but He comes and gives life and life more abundantly.  Jesus is the type of provider that is committed to loving us and even laying down His life for us.

Not only is Jesus a great provider, but he is also a wonderful protector.  In this outline, Jesus speaks of how a hireling does not have a personal vested interest in the lives of the sheep; they are only tending to the sheep as a means of making money.  Jesus, however, is a protector because when the wolves come, He will stand up, fight for, and defend the sheep.  He is devoted to protecting the sheepfold.  Jesus teaches us that as sheep all we have to do is stand still and see the salvation of the Lord on our behalf because the battle is not ours but Gods.

The lesson concludes with Jesus showing how he is a personal shepherd as well.  He knows each sheep by name and the sheep know Jesus’ voice and a stranger they will not follow.  The lesson takes a turn when Jesus begins to speak about his relationship with the Father.  He said that he has the power to lay down his life and take it back up again because of what his father already told him.  Jesus died voluntarily so because of that He was able to rise from the dead when He got ready.  It is a wonderful thing to know and have Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.

Lord, thank you for being our Good Shepherd, our Great Shepherd, and our Chief Shepherd.  Thank You for providing everything that we need as our Great and Wonderful Shepherd.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day
God Bless You!!

Rev. Rodney C. Griffin, Jr., B.A.
Associate Minister
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Dr. Johnny L. Miller, Pastor

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