I Am the good
John 10: 11 - 18
§ The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep
§ The hired worker is not the shepherd and does not own the
§ When the wolf comes, the hired worker runs to save
himself and abandons the sheep. The hired worker cares
nothing for the sheep…
§ Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep
and My sheep know Me – and I know the Father – and I
lay down My life for the sheep…
§ I have other sheep that are not in this pen. I must bring
them in (Jesus spoke about the Gentiles…you and me, too)
§ These other sheep will listen to My (Jesus’) voice and there
shall be one flock and one shepherd. (Eph 2)
§ This reason My Father loves me: I lay down My life (the
cross) – only to take it up again (resurrection).
§ No one can take My life from Me – I give it willingly
§ I have the authority to lay it down and take it up again.
§ This is the command I received from My Father.
The Good Shepherd
§ Sacrifices His life
for the sheep
§ He knows each
§ The sheep know
the Shepherd
The Unfaithful Shepherd
§ Ezekiel 34: 1 – 10
§ They take care of themselves
§ Sheep starve, weak, sick, hurt
without bandage, stray and
the shepherd does not go to
look for them to bring them
§ I will take My sheep from them
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
§ David declared, “…my
shepherd” (personal)
§ Song of Solomon 2, “I am my
beloved’s and He is mine.” (a
mutual ownership)
§ John 10 identifies Jesus as our
§ I Peter 5:7, ”Cast your cares
on Him (Jesus) because He
cares for you.”
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides
quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right
paths for His name sake.
§ Content and securely resting
§ Quiet waters – did you know
sheep can drown in only 2” of
§ My soul is made new
§ Right paths – conforming to His
moral values/will
§ Gives us the honor of His name
(story of oldest son)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no
evil for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they
comfort me.
Ø The darkest valley – you tell
Ø I will fear no evil/harm …
Ø Your rod = instrument of authority
and justice
Ø Your staff = guidance, support
and discipline
Ø Comforts and reassures me – I
am alright!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
He identifies your
position in His
Kingdom - one who
eats at His table
Gnats get in their eyes,
ears, & noses, these little
bugs could actually kill
them – the oil protects &
The Spirit of the Living
God continues to pour
into our lives –
overflowing grace
Surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me all the
days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Jesus said,
“I am the Good Shepherd”
Do you know His heart?
He knows you!