07-11-21 Kevin Goins - Why Does Jesus Call Himself the Good Shepherd, part 2

“Why does Jesus call himself ‘the Good Shepherd?’” (Part 2)
John 10:11-21 
For most of us, the statement that “Jesus is the good shepherd” lies at the bedrock of our Christian faith.  Many of the Jewish religious leaders, however, were very upset that Jesus was acting as a shepherd, because for them the attention Jesus was receiving was anything but “good.”  In our text today Jesus gives the Pharisees some very plain reasons for why he is the good shepherd.                                        
I First, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because sinners are d____________ to him (10:11a).

II Second, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he l__________ d_____________ his life for the sheep (10:11b-13).

III Third, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because he knows both his ____________ and ________ intimately (10:14-15).

IV Fourth, Jesus is the Good Shepherd because his love and care is not l________________ to his own sheep pen (10:16).

 A. Much that Jesus says in John 10 is based on E__________________ 34.

B. We Gentiles interpret Ezekiel 34 as a statement of how God cares for all nations, including, but not limited to, _______________. 

-But many Jews in Jesus’ day thought Ezekiel 34 was about how God would r________________ and bring home the Jews who had been driven out of Israel by her enemies.

C. How did Jesus see the Old Testament?  He saw the Old Testament as something he would f__________________.

D. By fulfilling the Old Testament, Jesus means that he wants to e______________ it, to amplify it, and to i____________________ it.

E. When Jesus says he came to fulfill the Old Testament, what he means is that he wants to show us how to take off our b_____________________ and see life as it really is.

V The Jewish people had no problem seeing how God loved ______________, but they had blinders on when they looked at other nations.

A. Before Jesus came, the Old Testament had already said that the Messiah is for ____________ the nations.

B. John 10:16 is not the ________________ time this Gospel says that God loves all the nations. 

C. In the New Testament, the word we translate as “Gentiles” is the word ethnos, which means n___________________.

D. This means that it is not just __________________ (meaning us) who are included in God’s flock, but all the nations of the earth.

E. According to research done by the Pew Research Center on the issue of immigration:

 -Only _________% of regular churchgoers said that their pastor had addressed the issue of immigration with them.

 -____________% of the Americans surveyed said that immigrants strengthened American with their hard work and talent; _________% said immigrants are more of a burden to this nation.

 -Younger Americans, Hispanic Catholics, and the religiously unaffiliated are more likely than other groups to express a _____________________ view of immigrants.

 -White evangelicals are among those expressing the ________________ favorable views of immigrants.

 -Surprisingly, only _________% of white evangelicals consider their Christian faith the most important influence on their opinions about immigration policy. 

VI In verse 16 Jesus not only says he wants to include other nations in his flock, but that he wants only ___________ flock.

 A. No shepherd ever had m_____________________ flocks.

 B. There can only be one ______________ because there is only one ________________.

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