The Good Shepherd
INTRO: The famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old elder who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed on the condition that the elder would also recite it. The actor's recitation was beautifully intoned with great dramatic emphasis for which he received lengthy applause. The elders voice was rough and broken, and his diction was anything but polished. But when he finished there was not a dry eye in the room. When someone asked the actor what made the difference, he replied 'I know the psalm, but he knows the Shepherd.'
This morning our study of the Gospel of John takes us to chapter ten where Jesus refers to Himself as the 'good shepherd'. I would like us to get to know the good shepherd a little better from the sermon today seeing four attitudes of the good shepherd toward his flock. But not just so that we'll know them for knowledge sake. We need to learn these attitudes of Jesus toward His church so that each and every one of us can imitate them.
As Paul writes in Philippians 2:5 'Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus'
I. FAMILIARITY 1-6
1) Jesus was the good shepherd because of His familiarity with the sheep. This is illustrated in three ways:
a. First in the fact that He is able to enter the sheep pen by the gate instead of having to sneak around and get in some other way. Since the watchman is familiar with Him and knows who he is, he willingly opens the gate for the rightful owner of the sheep.
b. Secondly in the fact that the sheep listen to His voice. They recognize and are willing to follow Him as He leads because they're familiar with His voice.
c. Thirdly, His familiarity is seen in that He is able to call each of His sheep by name. Shepherds often gave their sheep individual names... lik ...
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