December 11: What Makes Him Good? (John 10:11-21)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday we will conclude a series on personal evangelism at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.  Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”  Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
In this season of Advent (which means 'coming') we continue to look at the various reasons that Jesus has come to take on our humanity. Last week we saw that Jesus came to be our friend. We saw that as a friend Jesus loves us with an unsurpassable love, calls us to obey, discloses God’s redemptive plans to us and promises to make us fruitful. Today, we read in John 10 that Jesus has come to be a good shepherd. Unlike the false shepherds/leaders of Israel, Jesus has come to be the true shepherd for his people. He has come to enter into a close personal relationship with them and to offer his life for their salvation and rescue. As you fight the busyness and commercialization of this season, please take time to consider Jesus as the good and true shepherd that has come to lead us and love us.
Review and Apply
Contrast a hired hand and a good shepherd. What makes him good?
What do you learn about sheep? Why is this an apt illustration for us?
How does he describe the intended relationship between the shepherd and his sheep in vs. 15?
How would you describe your relationship with him?
What are the implications of vs. 16 for missions?
How does vs. 16 assure us that we are the sheep of his fold?
Describe the nature of his 'laying down his life'. How can this lead you to greater devotion?
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