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Jesus is the Shepherd

Who Is Jesus?
Part 4
Jesus is the Shepherd

John 10:10-11 “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”

A few things about sheep:

1. Sheep get lost easily

Isaiah 53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way…”

2. Sheep are defenseless.

3. Sheep are very stubborn.

4. Sheep are filthy.

SHEEP NEED A SHEPHERD…

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Six characteristics of the good shepherd:

1. The Shepherd GUIDES

Verse 3 “He guides me along the right path”

John 10:27 “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”

2. The Shepherd PROVIDES

verse 1
“The Lord is my shepherd… I lack nothing”

3. The Shepherd CORRECTS

Verse 4 “Your rod and Your staff; they comfort me”

Hebrews 12:6 CEV “He corrects those He loves”

4. The Shepherd PROTECTS

Isaiah 54:17
“no weapon formed against me shall prosper”

5. The Shepherd SUPPORTS

Verse 4
“even though I walk through dark valleys, I will fear no evil for You are with me.”

Sometimes the Shepherd is taking us to higher ground but the only way to get there is through the low dark valleys.

Isaiah 43:2 NLT “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

6. He Restores

Psalm 43:5 ESV “Why are you downcast, oh my soul?”

Verse 3 ESV “He restores my soul”

Jesus Is the Ressurection

Who Is Jesus?
Part 3
Jesus is THE RESURRECTION


John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”

John 11:5-6 “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days…”

1. Thomas: Dead in DOUBTS

John 11:16 “
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

2. Mary: Dead in DISCOURAGEMENT

John 11:20 “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.”

3. Martha: Dead in DELAY

Verse 11 "Lord," Martha said "If you had been here, my brother wouldn't have died." "

So what do you do when you find that your faith is dead?

1. TAKE your DISAPPOINTMENTS to Jesus

John 11:21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

John 11:33-35 “when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept.

John 11:35 “JESUS WEPT”

I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you”

Psalm 56:8 NLT “You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.”

2. Turn your TOO LATES into EVEN NOWS

John 11:21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that EVEN NOW God will give you whatever you ask.”

John 11:39 “…by this time there is a bad odor

John 11:24-25 “Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

Jesus Is the Provider

Who Is Jesus?
Part 2:
Jesus Is the Provider

John 6:1-13 “Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”

Four things about Jesus the Provider:

1. Jesus SEES your need

verse 5
“Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd…”

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more VALUABLE than they?

Matthew 6:28-30 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you?”

2. Jesus has A PLAN to meet your need

verse 5-6 “When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.”

3. Jesus EXPECTS YOU TO PARTICIPATE in the plan

Luke 9:12-13 “Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” 13 He replied, “YOU give them something to eat.”

God’s plan for your provision always starts with YOU!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

How do we participate?

a. Put GOD first

Verse 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

b. Be GENEROUS

c. Tell your money where to GO.

Verse 10 “Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down.”

Verse 12 “Let nothing be wasted”

4. When Jesus blesses there is always MORE THAN ENOUGH

Verse 11-13 “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly

Jesus can’t bless what we don’t give to him.

Jesus the Teacher

Who Is Jesus?
Part 1
Jesus is THE TEACHER

I Corinthians 2:1-2 MSG “You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and WHO HE IS; then Jesus and WHAT HE DID—Jesus crucified.”

Two ways that Jesus is the Teacher

1. What he SAID

Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom”

John 7:46 NCV “The words he says are greater than the words of any other person who has ever spoken!”

2. How He LIVED

John 13:15 “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did…”

Jesus taught us…

1. How to SERVE

John 13:1-6 MSG
“Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having LOVED his dear companions, he CONTINUED TO LOVE THEM right to the end. It was suppertime. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal. 3-6 Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he GOT UP from the supper table, SET ASIDE his robe, and put on an apron. Then he POURED WATER into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.”

Philippians 2:5
“your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus”

2. How to SURRENDER

Luke 22:41-44 “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

3. How to SUFFER

4. How to finish STRONG

John 19:28-30 “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.