“Jesus and the Sheep” out of John 10:22-30 was preached on July 15th, 2012 by Pastor Kindal Smith at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #27 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
Scripture – John 10:22-30
22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Jesus is the Door by which we enter into his flock, the Good Shepherd that lays down his life for and leads his flock, and the sovereign God that keeps us a part of his flock forever. Plainly put, Jesus is the way in, the way we thrive when we’ve been brought in, and the means by which we are graciously kept in the flock of God. He is the Good Shepherd who has the authority to lay down his life, take it up again, ransom his sheep, and keep his sheep forever.
The Bible talks about three different kinds of sheep; 1) Obedient Sheep, 2) Straying Sheep, and 3) Lost Sheep.
Obedient Sheep would be those who are Christians and are actively 1) loving Jesus, 2) getting to know Jesus through prayer and Bible reading, 3) serving and loving others like Jesus has loved them, 4) on mission to make Jesus known by sharing the gospel with people, 5) are actively seeking to be discipled or disciple someone, 6) actively involved in Jesus’ church, 7) under healthy, gospel-centered spiritual authority that Jesus has placed over them, and 8 ) are regularly repenting of sin in their life that Jesus reveals.
Straying Sheep would be those who are Christians but are 1) not actively loving Jesus, 2) not committed to getting to know Jesus through prayer and Bible reading, 3) not loving others like Jesus has loved them, 4) not on mission to make Jesus known by sharing the gospel with people, 5) not actively seeking to be discipled or to disciple someone, 6) not actively involved in Jesus’ church, 7) not under healthy, gospel-centered spiritual authority, and are 8 ) not regularly repenting of sin in their life that Jesus reveals.
Lost Sheep would be those who have not yet become Christians, but are a part of Jesus’ flock of which he says “I must bring them also” (John 10:16). These sheep must hear the gospel to be saved because they must repent and believe the gospel to be saved (Mark 1:14-15; Romans 3:21-26). There’s good news! Jesus has promised to save his sheep.
Q1. Which kind of Sheep are you? Obedient, Straying, or Lost? Try and be specific.
Q2. Which of these qualities of an Obedient Sheep are you lacking in? Try and be specific. (in response to the answers of questions 1 and 2, spend some time in guidance and prayer for one another)
Q3. Which straying sheep do you personally know that, by the grace of Jesus, you can go after and call them back to the flock?
Q4. Talk about why it’s important to understand that Jesus has the sovereign authority to save, grow, and keep his sheep forever?
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” – Ephesians 1:11-14