Many people are tempted to put their faith and trust in their religious leaders to such a degree that they become followers of men instead of Jesus.
3 Who is Your Shepherd
By becoming followers of men many become abused victims in religion exploited or taken advantage of.
4 Who is Your Shepherd
For a faith that is strong and confident put your faith in the Good Shepherd!
5 John 101-4 (NASB)
1 Truly truly I say to you he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep but climbs up some other way he is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he puts forth all his own he goes before them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
6 John 105-8 (NASB)
5 And a stranger they simply will not follow but will flee from him because they do not know the voice of strangers. 6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. 7 Jesus therefore said to them again Truly truly I say to you I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers but the sheep did not hear them.
7 John 109-11 (NASB)
9 I am the door if anyone enters through Me he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
8 John 1012-14 (NASB)
12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd who is not the owner of the sheep beholds the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hireling and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd and I know My own and My own know Me
9 John 1015-16 (NASB)
15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep which are not of this fold I must bring them also and they shall hear My voice and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.
10 The Shepherding Style of Pharisees vs. the Good Shepherd.
Like Pharisees many religious leaders today steal kill and destroy.
11 They use unauthorized means to gain access to the flock
John 101 (NASB) Truly truly I say to you he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep but climbs up some other way he is a thief and a robber.
12 They were strangers to the people
John 105 (NASB) And a stranger they simply will not follow but will flee from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.
The Pharisees only cared about their appearance and lofty positions as a consequence they were truly strangers to the people.
14 Matthew 235-7 (NASB)
5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 And they love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues 7 and respectful greetings in the market places and being called by men Rabbi.
15 Destructive thieves!
John 1010 (NASB) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.
Hypocrites that did more harm than good for the people!
16 Matthew 2313 (NASB)
But woe to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men for you do not enter in yourselves nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
17 Matthew 2314 (NASB)
14Woe to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites because you devour widows houses even while for a pretense you make long prayers therefore you shall receive greater condemnation.
18 Matthew 2315 (NASB)
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte and when he becomes one you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
19 Mere hierlings with no love for the people.
John 1012-13 (NASB) 12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd who is not the owner of the sheep beholds the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hireling and is not concerned about the sheep.
20 The Shepherding Style of Pharisees vs. the Good Shepherd.
Like Pharisees many religious leaders today steal kill and destroy.
The Good Shepherd loving leads nurtures and saves His flock.
21 Jesus is the Good Shepherd!
John 1011 (NASB) I am the good shepherd the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
22 1 Peter 224-25 (NASB)
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
23 Jesus knows each one of us by name
John 103 (NASB) To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
24 Psalms 1391-4 (NASB)
1 O LORD Thou hast searched me and known me. 2 Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise upThou dost understand my thought from afar. 3 Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue Behold O LORD Thou dost know it all.
25 Intimacy between the Good Shepherd and His flock is reciprocal.
John 1014 (NASB) I am the good shepherd and I know My own and My own know Me
26 The sheep follow because they know His voice and trust in His loving care.
John 103-4 (NASB) 3 To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he puts forth all his own he goes before them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
27 Psalms 231-4 (NASB)
1 The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil for Thou art with me Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Spiritual leaders in the church today are those who imitate the shepherd style of Jesus! (e.g. 1 Pet. 51-4).
29 1 Peter 51-3 (NASB)
1 Therefore I exhort the elders among you as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed 2 shepherd the flock of God among you exercising oversight not under compulsion but voluntarily according to the will of God and not for sordid gain but with eagerness 3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge but proving to be examples to the flock.
30 1 Peter 54 (NASB)
And when the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
31 Jesus is the Door to Heaven.
The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep (John 1011 15).
32 John 1017-18 (NASB)
17 For this reason the Father loves Me because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.
33 Romans 56-8 (NASB)
6 For while we were still helpless at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
In contrast to thieves Christ did not steal His sheep but He purchased His flock with His own blood or life.
35 Acts 2028 (NASB)
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Similarly church leaders are spiritual leaders who obey Jesus command to love with a sacrifical love.
37 John 1512-13 (NASB)
12 This is My commandment that you love one another just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.
Like Jesus spiritual leaders come not to be served but to serve and sacrifice with all humility. (Mat. 2028 2311-12 Luke 2226-27)
39 Jesus is the Door to Heaven.
The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
Jesus is the only door to salvation.
40 John 109-10 (NASB)
9 I am the door if anyone enters through Me he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.
41 John 146 (NASB)
Jesus said to him I am the way and the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but through Me.
All other religions of the world come short of salvation only Jesus the Savior our shepherd can lead to us eternal life!
43 Revelation 716-17 (NASB)
16 They shall hunger no more neither thirst anymore neither shall the sun beat down on them nor any heat 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd and shall guide them to springs of the water of life and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd We can believe in and Trust!
Do You Know the Voice of Jesus (Jn 104 cf. 1 Jn 23-6)
When Judgment Day Comes Will Jesus Know You (Mat. 721-23)
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