JESUS: IN HIS OWN WORDS #5 on the “I AM”s 

Read Psalm 23

John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 

As the good shepherd, Jesus came to earth to give His life for the sheep.

  • He gave His life by teaching the sheep how to live.
  • He gave His life by being the sinless example of how to live.
  • He gave His life by working great miracles.
  • He gave His life by leaving Heaven and taking on a human body, with all its inconveniences and pains.
  • He gave His life by suffering indignity and persecution. As creator, He suffered at the hands of His creatures.
  • He gave His life to train and pray for His disciples.
  • Most of all, He gave His life by dying on the cross for our sins. He took the punishment that we deserved! 

His death – Isaiah 53:5-6,

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – His resurrection. 

Jesus is still the good shepherd, and He is very active as Psalm 23 shows us.

In John 10:24-26 we see that not everyone is one of Jesus sheep.

So if not all people are sheep, it is important that we know who the sheep are, and it is most important that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are Jesus’ sheep. 

Jesus teaches us some very important things about His sheep in John 10:27-28:  

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

JESUS’ SHEEP ARE SENSITIVE – “My sheep hear my voice,”

A sheep knows the call of his shepherd. As Jesus’ sheep, we know the call of the master.

First of all, Jesus’ sheep have been sensitive to heed His call to salvation. They listened to His voice when He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

As we already shared, Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again. The price has been paid for you to have sins forgiven and He paid it! He gave His life for the sheep.

Salvation is a gift. Jesus wants you to accept the gift by faith. John 3:16

When you, at a specific moment in time, accept the gift of salvation, believing that Jesus died for your sins and that He is your way of forgiveness and only hope of eternal life, you are sensitive to His call, and become one of His sheep!

The invitation is open for anyone to come to Jesus and become one of His sheep! Revelation 22:17

What about you? Are you one of Jesus’ sheep?

If not, you can become one of His sheep today by accepting His offer of the free gift of eternal life.

Now there is another challenging thought here for those who know Christ as Savior.

If we are His sheep, we above all others are to be listening to His voice!

How do we listen to His voice as His sheep?

First we must be sensitive to His Word!

If you are one of Jesus’ sheep you must be interested in what Jesus has to say in this Book!

We should be able to say with the Psalmist, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97

If you don’t care about reading the Bible, and hearing God’s Word preached and taught, what kind of a sheep are you? You are not sensitive to your Master’s voice!

Another way we can be sensitive to the voice of Jesus is to heed the nudging of His Holy Spirit.

There was a day when the Elijah the Prophet was depressed, and he ended up by himself on a mountain. 1 Kings 19:11-12

Jesus still speaks today in the still, small voice, if we just take time to listen.  We are so busy running here and there and everywhere that we fail to take the time to just listen!  Often we sheep know how to talk to God, but we haven’t learned to quietly listen to God, meditating on His Word and letting Him speak quietly to us.

JESUS’ SHEEP ARE SPECIAL – “and I know them,”

As God Jesus knows everyone. But there is an intimate way that Jesus knows those who have trusted Him. He calls us His friends! John 15:15, Proverbs 18:24

As a good friend, Jesus will never leave or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5

JESUS SHEEP ARE SMART – “and they follow me:”

As sheep following the good shepherd, we are smart when we follow Him.  In fact, following Jesus is proof that we are one of His sheep!

As a child I was smartest when I did what I was told by my parents. When I accepted their leadership I was at my best!

Now, I show just how smart I am when I follow and obey my wonderful Lord and Savior.

And Jesus does call us to follow Him! Luke 9:23

Why should we follow Jesus?

1 John 4:19 – “We love him, because he first loved us.”

John 14:15 – “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Every time we follow and obey Jesus, we are saying to Him, “I love you.”

Every time we follow and obey Jesus, we are also saying, “Itrust you. I believe that you know what is best for me.”

JESUS’ SHEEP ARE SAFE – And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,

Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  The rich man had a terrific life, but he was unsaved.

Lazarus suffered a poor and miserable life, but he was saved.

Both died. Luke 16:22-26:

This poor old beggar was safe from the fire of hell, because he was saved. He was one of Jesus’ sheep.

The rich man was not safe from the fires of hell, because he was not one of Jesus’ sheep.

It is a great comfort to know that we are safe from sin’s punishment. But is disconcerting to think that there are so many without Christ who are not safe. John 3:17-18

This is why I urge you to witness to your friends and family.

This is why I urge you to bring unsaved friends and loved ones to church. Those who are not yet Jesus’ sheep need opportunities to trust Christ before it is too late.

Recently I preached at an ordination service for my friend Wade Prime.  When I gave the invitation I led in the sinner’s prayer.  I then asked Wade to come up and watch as I asked those who just prayed the prayer to raise their hands.  Jesus’ uncle and second cousin both raised their hands. Wade had been praying for and had talked some with his uncle, and God answered.

If you are safe in the arms of Jesus because you are His shape, be concerned about those who are not, and take action. Begin with prayer!

JESUS’ SHEEP ARE SECURE – “neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Please understand something. If you are truly saved, there is no way the Son of God is going to let you go.

The very hand of God the Son holds you.

And if that isn’t enough, the very hand of God the Father holds on to us as well. John 10:29

God the Father and God the Son love Jesus’ sheep too much to ever let them go or to let them wiggle out of their hands!

TAKEN FROM OUR DAILY BREAD, PUBLISHED BY RADIO BIBLE CLASS – “When Pastor Thomas Collins called on a family from his church, he found the mother to be very despondent and feeling that god had forsaken her. Looking at the baby in the woman’s arms, Pastor Collins said to her, ‘Drop that baby on the floor.”

“Startled by the suggestion, she looked at him in disbelief.

‘Well,’ he said, ‘for what price would you do it?’ Indignantly she replied, ‘Not for as many dollars as there are stars!’

“He then said kindly, ‘Tell me, do you really think that you love your child more than the Lord does His?’

“That truth broke through the woman’s despair.”

Romans 8:37-39 – Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.