John Lesson 14 Day 3
John 10:7-21 & Psalm 23
6. a. Jesus Christ is the gate/door for the sheep.
The idea that a gate or door exits indicates there is proper and therefore an improper way to enter. Those who “climb up some other way” are thieves and robbers. They are breaking the law. Interesting since the Pharisees considered themselves the leading authorities on the Law given to Moses.
“In the spiritual picture Jesus spoke of, the door for the sheep pen had a doorkeeper – one who watched who came in and who went out. The doorkeeper knows the true shepherd and appropriately grants him access.
“In towns of that time, sheep from many flocks were kept for the night in a common sheepfold, overseen by one doorkeeper who regulated which shepherds brought and took which sheep.” EnduringWord.com
b. Jesus said, I am the good shepherd.
This Good Shepherd will give his life for the flock. “I am the good shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
He is the Passover lamb sacrificed for us all.
The opposite of a thief and a robber.
Sees the wolf coming and does not run away.
He knows His sheep and His sheep know Him.
7. John 10:17-18
Jesus revealed that no one has the power to take His life.
He also said He has the power to raise himself from the dead.
He said, “I surrender my own life, and no one has the power to take my life from me. I have the authority to lay it down and the power to take it back again. This is the destiny my Father has set before me.”
“Jesus’ sacrificial death was not forced upon Him. He chose to do this because of His great love for us and His Father. God the Father loved Him for this.
This is a powerful truth that makes the sacrifice of Jesus even more amazing. No one forced Jesus to do this. He was in absolute control” (Luke 4:30; John 7:30, John 8:20, John 8:59, and John 10:39). This was completely voluntary. Andrew Wommack
“…His death was voluntary. His coming was voluntary—the fruit of love. His death was the fruit of love. He was permitted to choose the time and mode of his death. He did. He chose the most painful, lingering, ignominious manner of death then known to man, and THUS showed his love. I have power. This word often means authority. It includes all necessary power in the case, and the commission or authority of his Father to do it.
“Power to take it again. This shows that he was divine. A dead man has no power to raise himself from the grave. And as Jesus had this power after he was deceased, it proves that there was some other nature than that which had expired, to which the term “I” might be still applied. None but God can raise the dead; and as Jesus had this power over his own body it proves that he was divine.
“This commandment. My Father has appointed this, and commissioned me to do it. (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament.)
8. Encouraging words
Jesus volunteered to suffer, die, and raise Himself up as part of God’s plan to provide a sacrifice for all mankind. And sadly, some of the Jews said he a demon. “It was a wonder if the heavens did not sweat, the earth melt, and hell gape at the hearing of these horrid blasphemies.” (Trapp)
He will bring the Gentiles who believe, all the nationalities of the earth, will also hear His voice and be welcomed into the sheepfold. Hallelujah!
Jesus is our Good Shepherd who promotes and protects life and all that the term represents.
He came to bring us life. Abundant life, in contrast to those who want to steal, and kill, and destroy.
The Shepherd leads me to a peaceful oasis.* He also leads me on paths of righteousness.
He restores my very soul and in so doing, He restores my life.
“His goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.”*
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 14 Day 3 ~ John 10:7-21 & Psalm 23