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The Shepherd and His Sheep (16 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
The theme of John's gospel is: Behold the Lamb! One day as Jesus walked up , John the Baptist declared in John 1.29, ''Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'' That is what the gospel of John is all about! It is about Jesus, the Lamb of God!
And as God's Lamb, Jesus was spotless! As God's Lamb, Jesus was sinless! As God's Lamb, Jesus was sacrificed! As God's Lamb, Jesus was our substitute! And as God's Lamb, Jesus was sufficient! Sufficient to pay our sin debt in Heaven!
As we come to chapter 10, we find one of the greatest sermons ever preached by Jesus! And it was a good thing because He was preaching to a tough crowd: the Pharisees!
Now when it came to preaching, Jesus stood head and shoulders above the rest! He was not only the Prince of Peace, He was the Prince of Preachers! He could take the simplest object and build a message around it that everybody could relate too!
For instance, one day He was walking with His disciples talking about worry! Suddenly He stopped and said in Luke 12.27, ''Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.''
In other words, if God takes care of the wild flowers, you can be sure He will take care of His children!
Again, using a simple object to communicate a truth Jesus said in Matthew 6.26, ''Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?''
Well, as you come to John 10, you find Jesus using another common image to declare a profound truth! The imagery of a shepherd and His sheep! And in our time together, I want to show you what it means for Jesus to be your shepherd and what it means for you to be one of His sheep!
Now as the message begins, First came the illustration (vv. ...
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