Family Bible Study lesson for April 13: The Good Shepherd
March 27 2003 by Crate Jones , John 10:11-16, 22-30

Family Bible Study lesson for April 13: The Good Shepherd | Friday, March 28, 2003

Friday, March 28, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for April 13: The Good Shepherd

By Crate Jones John 10:11-16, 22-30

A good question to ask ourselves is: "How can I know that Jesus loves me?"

Due to adverse circumstances, some have fallen into the pit of doubt - serious illness, deep sorrow, disappointment, loss of a job or something else that makes the heart ache.

After my wife underwent her first cancer surgery, an infection set in and she suffered great pain. One night, in anguish, she cried out, "Jesus, do You really love me?" Immediately, the answer came as the radio began playing, "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

Peace came as she rested in the loving arms of Jesus.

If you are going through a patch of darkness, repeat this affirmation out loud until it soaks in: "Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me."

We will look at the evidence of His love from four viewpoints.

Jesus gave His life for us John 10:11-13 Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." His statement was a foreshadowing of the cross. We look back on His sacrifice as a completed act for our salvation.

Twice He used the word "good." There is a stark contrast between the good shepherd and the hired hand. One sacrifices himself for the flock, the other abandons the sheep.

The Greek word for good, used here, is kalos, which can also suggest winsomeness, loveliness, attractiveness. No wonder people were drawn to Jesus then and now. He is the shepherd who loves, leads and nourishes the flock.

A pastor is called to be a good shepherd, not a cowboy to drive the herd.

Jesus knows us completely John 10:14-16 Knowing Jesus is a growing relationship. He said: "I know my sheep and My sheep know Me - just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father" (John 10:14-15).

I started learning about Jesus in the primary department; at junior department age I came to know Him as my Savior. At 19, in a youth revival, I answered God's call to preach. We were singing, "Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to Thee."

Sixty-one years later, that relationship, which began as a child, is still growing. He knows all about us, yet who can fully understand God? As the song says, "The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows."

We get to know Jesus more intimately through the Bible, prayer and sometimes through stumbling and being forgiven

Jesus also said: "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen" (John 10:16 NIV). He came to the Jews and then to the gentile world. God has His people all over the world. Jesus said, "Whosoever believeth in Me shall never perish" (John 3:16).

Jesus guides us through life John 10:27 "My sheep listen to My voice, and they follow Me." The world is filled with potholes and pitfalls. We need someone to keep us out of them and to guide us in decisions, and directions and to show us His purpose for each life. Following Jesus is wise, for His plan fits like a glove.

Jesus gives eternal security John 10:28-30 Jesus said: "I give unto them eternal life; no one can snatch them out of My hand." That's tighter security than the gold vaults at Fort Knox.

Colossians 3:3-4 reads: ''Your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory''

To engrave that truth in your mind, write your name on a card and hide it in your Bible. Then hide the Bible inside your coat. This represents your life being hidden with Christ in God. There's no safer place in the universe.

Meditate on that truth for awhile; then remove the Bible from your coat. Remove the signed card and look forward to being with Jesus in glory when He appears.

See you "up there!"

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3/27/2003 11:00:00 PM by Crate Jones , John 10:11-16, 22-30 | with 0 comments
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