The Good Shepherd (2)

John 10:1-42  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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After Jesus has talked about being the Good Shepherd the Jews ask for Him to state clearly if He is the Christ.

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Place - Open Word Fellowship (Community Church of Myrtle Point
Possible Titles
Unbelieving Jews
Time - Sunday Morning
I and the Father Are One
Date - October 7, 2018
Personal Relationship
Scripture -
Text - (NIV84) “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Topic - The Good Shepard Part 2
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Theme - There is a criterion for being a disciple and nationality, church membership or being disciplined have nothing to do with it. Discipleship is built on Listening to the voice of Jesus, being known by Him, and following Him
These eleven verses present two very clear ideas. The first is the division between the Jews and the second is Jesus ability to see to the heart of the questions asked and get past the words to the heart.
Jesus has taught the people consistently, provided many miracles and still they will not believe. Most of this is not because Jesus is hard to understand but because He calls for belief/faith in Him. logic, teaching or miracles alone will not produce faith. The can lean to reliance on the Christ but faith is mostly about accepting what is said and done that points to it being truth.
Sadly we live in a world where all truth is thought to be relative to each individual. It is my truth whether you see it as truth or not. Unfortunately that is not truth that is shirking of responsibility to do what is right so I can do and believe what I want.
Even after Jesus has declared that He is of the same essence as the Father they will nor accept the truth but prefer to stone Him. We are so very afraid of the truth because we fear it will mean great change or make us decide. It is easier to keep on as we are than to seek the way with the Master.

I. V. 19-21 Division

1. V.19-21 Seem to be an Introduction
2. They were divided about who Jesus was.
3. Significant Questions
V.21c Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?
4. Jesus Position
1. I told you BUT you do not believe
2. Miracles speak for Me BUT you do not believe
3. My sheep know my voice, they follow, I give them
eternal life
4. I an the Father are one
5. Jesus the Shepherd V.7-18
Jesus the Messiah V.22-30
6. Possible Outline
V. 19-21 Division
V. 22-30 Declaration
I. V. 19-21 Division
10:19 Problem - At these words
People - The Jews
Act - were again divided
This looks back to the previous verse where Jesus says The authority to lay down His life and pick it up again came from "My Father" This has already happened in Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10:19.
:20 Number - Many of them said,
Quote - "He is demon-possessed
raving mad.
Question - Why listen to Him?"
If you cannot disprove what your opponent says accuse and discount.
:21 People - others said
Quote - "These are not the sayings of a man possessed by
a demon
Question - Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
Evidence from actual actions not just accusation or emotion.
The Division comes down to the bases for judgment. You can shout and accuse or you can look at fact and actions. Which tells the clearer truth. This is the difference between being judgmental or being discerning.
51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

II. V. 22-30 Declaration

:22 Time - Then came the Feast of Dedication at
It was winter,
:23 Act - and Jesus was in the temple area walking
Specific - in Solomon's Colonnade.
This verse tells us when, where and who and what. Jesus was in Jerusalem where the Feast of Dedication was taking place and He was walking in the temple specifically in Solomon's Colonnade. This celebration occurs today as what we know as Hanukkah. But, like many things in the New Testament Jesus is the fulfillment of this Feast as well because He is the Light of the World. They celebrated a mostly political victory but it also celebrated the restoration of the temple having been purified after the disgrace of Antiochus Epiphanes place an alter to a false god on the alter in the sanctuary.
:24 Act - The Jews gathered around Him saying,
Question - "How long will You keep us in suspense?
Condition - If You are the Christ, tell us plainly."
At this point the Jews appear to be open to a declarative statement by Jesus as to His exact status. At every turn in the past they have refuted His statements. Even here they are hedging their statement with an "If"
:25 Response - Jesus answered
Quote - "I did tell you
you do not believe.
Further - The miracles I do
Specific - in My Father's name
speak for Me,
I have been telling you all along but you refuse to see or hear. Reason, because they do not fit your theology or mindset. All has been done in My Father's name But you refuse to believe. All these deeds and teaching done in the Father's name should be enough to evoke belief but they wanted a statement. But why? Did they truly want to believe or simply to have a confirmed statement to use against Him.
:26 Contrast - BUT
Denial - you do not believe
Reason - because you are not My sheep
We go back to the sheep knowing the voice of the shepherd and this being absent from these Jews shows the fact that they are not His sheep. Some would suggest that they do not hear because they are not of the chosen ones. If that is true then where does responsibility for not being one of His sheep come in. If I cannot hear because I am not allowed to hear then it is the fault of the cause of the obstruction not of me particularly. They are not His sheep because no matter what He does or says they refuse to change. Some have heard and see Him as the Christ some have heard and refuse to accept Him as the Christ.
:27 Fact - My sheep listen to My voice;
I know them,
they follow Me.
It is as simple as that those who have made the choice to be sheep of the Lord, LISTEN, are KNOWN and FOLLOW. We have a part to play. If we believe we can choose to be a Christian rather than being picked only by the will of God then we have a great responsibility to Listen, be known and to follow. To the degree we do we grow in grace and draw closer to Jesus to the degree we do not we become cold, legalistic and wander.
:28 Act - I give them eternal life,
they shall never perish
no one can snatch them out of My hand.
The hand of the Lord is secure. Those that abide in Him will never never perish and the Lord will present them faultless before His Father with thanksgiving. The eternal life given to us by the Father starts now for we are His and we do not need to die to partake of Him and His nature.
:29 Fact - My Father who has given them to me, is
greater than all;
No one can snatch them out of My Father's hand.
4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. The power of keeping is in the Father's hand and that which He keeps is the flock.
:30 Declaration - I and the Father are one."
This has been the center of contention between Jesus and the Jews. How can Jesus be a man and yet say He is one with the Father or equal with the Father. Their understanding of monotheism left no room for Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Do we?
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