"I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD"
March 21, 1993
In Jesus' day, when evening settled, being a shepherd could
be a dangerous responsibility. The darker it got, the more
dangerous the job became. Lions, wolves, jackals, panthers,
leopards, and other animals like these roamed the countryside.
The shepherd had to stand at times between these devouring
animals and his sheep, his livelihood.
In Scripture Jesus is referred to as the Good Shepherd in this
passage. In Hebrews 13:20-21 He is referred to as the Great
Shepherd. (Read it)
"Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead
the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the
eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every
good thing to do ii-s will, working in us that- wrick is
pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
the glory forever and ever. Amen."
He is also referred to as the Chief Shepherd in I Peter 5:4. It
says, "And the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the
unfading crown of glory."
The word "good" in our text tonight means that Jesus is a
beautiful, fair, good Shepherd.
Some of the shepherds in the Bible: Abel, Abraham, Rachel,
The Bible mentions shepherds and shepherding over 200 times.
In the New Testament mentions shepherds 16 times.
The Hebrew word for shepherding is the word feeding.
Shepherds led sheep to food; protected them; guarded them;
counted them; cared for them.
How does Jesus show His sheep and the world that He is
a Good Shepherd?
THE LORD YOUR SIMPHERD
Ituition within each of us, placed there by God Himself,
which rejoices in and witnesses to the Shepherd Psalm. We
hear the voice of God in it, and, we respond to it in child-
like simplicity and naturalness. We witness to it as if
someone called our name.
gA friend told me of an experience he had in the Holy
Land. Two shepherds were approaching each other with
their flocks. He assumed that before they met they wou ...
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