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John 10:1-21, Stephen Clarke, April 8, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • 'Tent Making' - a solicitor in Child Protection
    • One case that he particularly remembers - the hatred of a father towards His son
  • Turn to John 10 - some of the most remarkable words ever written
    • v17-18
    • He died in obedience to His Father's command
    • He rose in obedience to His Father's command
    • Exercises by Jesus of His own authority
    • His Father loves Him because He did this
  • Let us dive deep into these verses
  • Overview:
    • Background
    • The Person who spoke
    • The Authority He exercised
    • The Father's Love


  • The welfare of the sheep was bound up in the calibre of the shepherd looking after them
  • The picture of a shepherd becomes a ruler
    • The Kings becomes responsible for the welfare of his people
  • Context of verses:
    • The blind man has been cast out by unworthy shepherds
    • He will never be cast out by the great Shepherd
  • Two words for "good"
    • May we know the attracting power of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • These people also knew their Old Testament

The Person who spoke (v17)

  • Ezekiel 34:11-17a
    • The shepherds are making such a bad job that I am going to have to come Myself
    • Jesus comes and claims "I am the Good Shepherd"
    • He is saying 'I am God'
  • v22-23
    • One shepherd
    • This shepherd will be David
  • John 1:1
    • The Word was made flesh
    • One person - both God and man
    • Fully God and fully man
    • Quote from John Murray
    • The Bible continues to teach that Jesus is God and man
    • Isa 45:21
    • Jesus had no problem with sense of identity - He knew full who He was

The Authority He exercised (v18)

  • He is not saying that men did not kill Him
    • He was in perfect control
    • He dismisses His spirit into His Fathers' hands
    • He offered Himself (Heb 9)
  • He took His life up again
    • John 6:37-40
    • There is an eternal plan
      • A people to save (v16)
      • Salvation will come to the Gentiles
      • There will be one flock and one Shepherd
    • You must look to the Son and believe upon Him
      • No-one can say on the last day that salvation was not offered to them
  • His obedience did not end with death
    • He received a command from His Father
    • Jesus raised Himself up (along with the power of God the Father and the Holy Spirit)
    • Jesus authority and obedience are intertwined

The Father's Love

  • God is love
    • A dynamic relationship in the Godhead - explanation
  • God loves Jesus because He lays down His life
    • Unconditional love - how can God love Jesus more?
    • Isa 53:12
    • Psalm 22:30-31
  • Our call as Christians is to heap honours on Jesus' head
    • Doing one thing in many ways
    • To live to the praise and glory of His grace
  • We are the sheep, He is the shepherd

Sermon Passage:

John 10:1-21

1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. 19There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? (KJV)

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