(40 verses, 05:05 to read)
MARK & LEARN
- 1-6: A true shepherd (which the Pharisees are NOT, as demonstrated in chapter 9) enters the sheepfold through the door (Jesus Christ). But the Pharisees don’t understand his figure of speech.
- 7-10: Jesus the door. All shepherds must enter through Him, or they are strangers, robbers, and false teachers intent on stealing, killing, and destroying.
- 11-21: Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He’s the real deal. The sheep know His voice. He lays down His life for the sheep.
- 22-30: Jesus speaks plainly. He is the Good Shepherd who has the power to give eternal life. Giving of life is only something God can do. So rather than beating around the bush, Jesus flat out says it: “I and the Father are one!”
- 31-40: This made the Jews angry. They believed Jesus was guilty of blasphemy, thus they pick up stones to throw. However, this is not Christ’s hour.
In a vast sea of voices frantically trying to take our focus off of Christ, there is only one voice the God’s sheep follow…the voice of Jesus Christ alone. All other voices will leave you helpless and alone at the first sight of danger.
There is only one Good Shepherd who loves his sheep perfectly. There is only one Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down his life to save His sheep. And there is only one Good Shepherd who promises, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
Jesus Christ, the one and only Good Shepherd gave His life for His sheep. Rather than turning tail and running away, He stood in between the wolf and His sheep and took the punishment we deserve.
By laying down His life He offered Himself as the one complete sacrifice, for the guilt of all sinners. He became your substitute; He took upon Himself your transgressions and died in your stead. Jesus Christ has purchased you; you are His own! You belong to Christ, and He belongs to you! You’re part of His flock.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.