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John 10:1-15



We like it when there is an abundance of good things.  We are happy when there is an abundance of things to eat, things to do, clothes to wear, etc.  The best abundance, however, comes from the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.  He provides:



  He comes. Vss. 1-2

  He calls. Vs. 3

  He chaperones. Vss. 4-5



  Salvation - Vss. 7-9

  Sanctification - Vs. 10



  Sacrifice for the sheep. Vss. 11, 15

  Knowledge of the sheep. Vs. 14




John 10:7-10






"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. [8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door:"



" me if any man enter in, he shall be saved..."


ABUNDANT LIFE - Vss. 9c-10

"...and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."




John 10:7-10



I have walked through many doors in my lifetime.

I arrived here coming through the "door" of birth.

I walked often through the doors of my growing up home in Wayne New Jersey and have walked through the doors of different homes ever since.


I walked through the door of education, going through grade school, high school, college, and Bible College. In October of 1970 I walked through the door of military service, having been drafted into the army. On June 10th, 1972 I entered the door of marriage, and I'm so glad I did.


On March 30, 1973 I entered the door of fatherhood with the birth of David, our oldest child.

On January 25th, 1976 I officially entered the door of pastoral ministry through ordination.

In December of 1997, I entered the door of being a grandparent when David and his wife Carletta brought Nicole home from the adoption agency. Later she was "officially" adopted.


In February of 1998 I walked through the door of the Mount Union Bible Church as a candidate.

In April of 1998 I walked through the door of the Mount Union Bible Church as the pastor.


Those are just a few of the doors, literal and figurative that I have walked through down through the years. You too have walked through some of the same doors, and those of you who are younger will walk through some of those doors as you get older.


A door is an entranceway.

For all the doors I mentioned I left out the most important one.

I was a good religious boy going to church every Sunday. I thought that if I did more good things than bad I'd make it to Heaven.  Then, one day in spite of all my religiosity, I realized that I was not good enough to go to Heaven.  While listening to Billy Graham on the radio in bed one evening I knelt by my bedside and trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  I came to God through faith in Him.  Jesus Christ is my door to forgiveness of sin and everlasting life.


John 10:9 - "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."


In the beginning of John 10 Jesus is speaking of himself the true shepherd. He was the true religious leader, the Messiah that God had promised and that many were waiting for.  The religious leaders of his day were not true shepherds to the sheep. They were thieves and robbers.


Read Vss. 7-8 - In verse 7 Jesus announces that he is the "door of the sheep."  He is the true entranceway compared to the "thieves and robbers" in verse 8.  By the way in verse 8 Jesus is not saying that the Old Testament prophets were thieves and robbers.  He was saying that the current leaders of his day, some of whom were probably standing in front of him, were thieves and robbers.  Instead of leading the Jews to true faith they were leading them astray.


When Jesus says I am the door, He is saying that He is the entranceway.  As I meditated on this passage of Scripture I realized that Jesus is the door to many exciting things that should encourage you.




John 10:9 - "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,"

A few months ago Harold and Emma Schrack had a fire in their home.  Someone woke them up before the fire got to their bedroom and they were able to escape, ultimately through a door that led to the outside of the house.


I was at one point in my life in great danger of being consummed by fire.  I was in danger of facing what we call "hell fire", and what Revelation 20 calls "The Lake of Fire".  It is a terrible place Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched according to Mark 9:46.


Why would a loving God send any person to such a place as that?

It is because our loving God is also a holy and righteous God.

It is because of our iniquities and sins.

A holy and righteous God demands that someone be punished for our sins. We are the logical choice to be punished.

We have failed God so greatly that the book of Ephesians tells us that without Christ we are dead in trespasses and sins. Isaiah 64:6, Ezekiel 18:4

So we need protection. We need a door to protect us from the fire of hell and everlasting damnation.  


That's where God's love enters the picture.

That's how Jesus became your door of protection.

Jesus came to earth.

Jesus led a sinless life.

Jesus died on the cross bearing the punishment for your sins and mine.  

Romans 5:6-8, Hebrews 10:12, 14


So Jesus died for our sins. He arose from the dead. He's living in Heaven. He says, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,


How do you enter in Jesus as the door?

You enter in by faith!  Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9

When you enter in the door of faith, you are saved or protected from the punishment you deserve.


When Jesus said that He was the door, He was referring to the door of a sheepfold. That's where sheep were kept at night. It was a protective place made for the sheep.  After the sheep were gathered into the sheepfold, the shepherd would lay down in the doorway and literally be the door for the sheep. No sheep could get out and no thieves, robbers, or predators like wolves could get in without dealing with the shepherd.


Christian, I want you to realize something.

When Jesus is your Savior, not only is He your door to protection for eternal life and against wrath to come, but He is also your door to protection right now as you face the bumps and bruises of life.

John 10:27-28, Psalm 34:7, Hebrews 13:5-6, Deuteronomy 33:27




We live in a world full of troubles and cares.

We face challenges to our physical, emotional and Spiritual wellbeing every day.


Things are so hectic, so out of control, so worrisome and so burdensome that we need to enter a big door labeled "PEACE". That big door labeled peace is none other that the Lord Jesus. John 14:27


How do we keep our hearts from being troubled or afraid? Philippians 4:6-7


Quote the words to the hymn His Eye Is On The Sparrow -


Christian, next time you feel anxious and worried, and a lack of peace wells up in your soul, take that problem to God in Jesus' name. Let Him be the door to your peace.




John 10:9 - I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out...


Going in and out carries the idea of power.

You can't go in and out unless you have the power to do so.

If you are a Christian you have power that comes through the shepherd the Lord Jesus. He is the door to power.


John 14:12  - That's a pretty weighty promise isn't it?  Jesus says that those who believe on him will do the works that He did, and that they would do greater works.


I believe that the works that we can do as followers of Jesus are greater in quantity, but not greater in quality.  We can accomplish great things for the Lord if we allow him to work through us.


John 14:13 -14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.


I told you earlier that you should be praying when you need peace.  These verses tell me that you should be praying when you need power!


We fail to witness.

We fail to be victorious over sin.

We fail to help others effectively.

We fail to persevere.

We fail to have Jesus' strength, largely because we fail to pray and believe.


And notice why we should pray these prayers for power. We should pray for power so that Jesus will be glorified!




John 10:9 - I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.


What do sheep need to be healthy sheep?

They need to be fed. They need pasture.


Jesus provides pasture to His sheep.

First there is the pasture of His word.

As we feed on His word we will grow.

John 15:7, Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 15:16


I believe that there is another kind of pasture as well.

I would call it the pasture of God's Spirit.

He has to be in control of our lives.

As we allow that control we will be victorious. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16, 22-23


What is the end result of good pasture? I believe John 10:10 answers that question.

The result of good pasture is more abundant life.









John 10:7-11










John 10:11



I have been in stores of various kinds literally thousands of times, and over the course of my 54 years I have had literally thousands of cashiers wait on me.  For the most part the cashiers have been competent.  Many times I have met good cashiers that were extremely helpful and just this past week one who gave me the extra dollar back that I'd given her by mistake.  I've also run into some bad cashiers in my time.  There was one that I had to tell how much change I was to get back. She didn't have a clue. There have been others who have been lazy or shown a very bad attitude towards me the customer.


Let's face it, no matter what the occupation, you find those who are good at what they do and those who are bad at what they do.


There are good secretaries and there are bad secretaries.

There are good schoolteachers and there are bad schoolteachers.

There are good doctors and there are bad doctors.

There are good singers and there are bad singers.

There are good state workers and there are bad state workers.

There are good pastors and there are bad pastors.

And on and on we could go.


When people serve us we want the best we can get.  We want those who are good or even great at what they do. When a person serves God, He wants our best too. Colossians 3:17, 23


God actually does what He asks of us. He wants our best, but He gives us His best.

Whatever God does is good. Whatever the Lord Jesus does is good.


Jesus views himself as a shepherd.

A shepherd takes care of sheep.

Jesus' sheep are those who trust Him as savior. Those who trust him as Savior follow Him. John 10:27 

Now notice that Jesus does not just say that he's a shepherd. He tells us that He's the good shepherd. Jesus takes His occupation seriously and does the best job.

He's not a good shepherd, He's the good shepherd!   


What helps to make any person in any occupation good?

It is when the person gives of himself or herself.


What makes Jesus the good shepherd? Yes, He is God and that certainly helps.

But beyond that, Jesus as the good shepherd gives of himself for His sheep.

I want you to appreciate Jesus as your good shepherd.  I want you to see that,




In order to be a good shepherd for literal sheep, one must be involved in the life of the sheep. There needs to be contact. Jesus involved himself in the lives of His sheep long before the sheep ever existed. The plan of God from the beginning was that Jesus, God's Son would be involved in the lives of those who would be God's sheep.


And remember, Jesus did not just start existing when He was born in Bethlehem.  Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-17


Now please turn to Philippians 2:5-8

In this passage we see just how involved Jesus became as our shepherd.


Vs. 6 - Before Jesus came to earth he was in the "form of God".

This word "form refers to the inner, essential, and abiding nature of a person or thing."


Jesus' inner, essential, and abiding nature is that of God.

Paul here is attesting to the deity of Christ.


When it says that He thought in not robber to be equal with God, it means that Jesus did not consider His equality with God something to be selfishly hung on to.  He could have stayed in Heaven and enjoyed all the splendor which comes with being God the Son. Instead, He chose to leave behind the glory that was His to come to earth.


Vs. 7 - "But made himself of no reputation..." This literally means that He "emptied himself."

He surrendered. What exactly did Jesus empty Himself of? What did He surrender?


Did he give up his deity?

No, when He came to earth, He was still God. His nature had not changed. Perfect man and perfect God joined together.


He did give up His Heavenly glory.

He did give up His Heavenly riches.

He did give up the independent use of His Godly authority and became subservient to and dependent on the Father.


Vs. 7 - not only did Jesus surrender his rights in humility, "and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man."


Jesus became a servant in humility. He got involved with the sheep!

Here's that word "form" again. Jesus took on the "inner, essential, and abiding nature..." of a servant!" Jesus was a servant through and through. He served by coming to earth.

He served by teaching and training men. He served by performing miracles.

He served by praying. He served by washing the feet of his disciples.


Here was the very Son of God, stooping to the job of a slave or servant, washing the very feet of sinful men. And of course, Jesus served when He went to the cross. Jesus served by going to the cross!


As a servant Jesus took on the likeness of man.

He took on the human nature, although he never let go of the divine nature.


Vs. 8 - And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Here is where the good shepherd literally gave His life for the sheep.  There are stories of shepherds who sacrifice themselves for the good of the flock. Here is Jesus doing that for you and I.


The good news is this good shepherd rose from the dead!

The good news is that this good shepherd is still involved!

This good news is that this good shepherd will still save and forgive anyone who will trust in Him.

Matthew 11:28 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


And this good shepherd is still involved in our lives. 1 John 2:1-2

When we sin Jesus is there to plead our case. He is our lawyer.

He is the one called aside to help.   




Hebrews 4:14-16

Not only do we have a divine lawyer, but we have a divine priest.

Among other things a priest prays.

Vs. 14 - We can hold on to our faith, no matter how bad the circumstances, knowing that in Heaven, we have a great high priest. We can be strong in faith knowing that there is someone there who will speak up for us.


Vs. 15 - This high priest, the Lord Jesus, understands our infirmities, our troubles, our woes, our temptations. Why? Because as the Good Shepherd he got involved by coming to earth and was tempted in every way that you and I were tempted.   

The only difference is that Jesus never sinned.


Vs. 16 - So what are we to do? When troubles come, and they do, come to God's throne of grace. Bring the problem there, knowing that in Christ we have mercy and grace to help in our time of need!




In Jesus day, there was a blind man named Bartimaeus. Old Blind Bart was a beggar. Then one day, Bart called on Jesus and Jesus intervened. Jesus gave Him sight. In Jesus day, there was a terrible storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep in the boat. The disciples woke Him up. Jesus intervened. In Jesus' day, there were 5,000 men plus women and children who were in need of a meal. Jesus intervened. Using 5 loaves and two fishes, He fed the multitude. In Jesus' day, there was a man who couldn't walk lowered down from the roof into a room where Jesus was. Jesus intervened and the man walked out of there.


In Jesus' day, Jesus the Good Shepherd intervened in the lives of the sheep.

A good shepherd dealing with literal sheep intervenes to protect, to comfort, to feed and to water his sheep. Jesus as the Good Shepherd still intervenes today. He will intervene as we ask Him to.

John 14:13-14, Matthew 7:7-11




While He was on earth, Jesus was constantly teaching His disciples. And Jesus still teaches today. He does His teaching through His Holy Spirit. John 16:12-14


One of the characteristics of sheep is that they need to wander. That's why Isaiah said, "All we like sheep have gone astray..." A good shepherd guides his sheep. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will guide you and I. Psalm 32:8


Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.


Jesus does not hide His will from us, He reveals it to us.

For Guidance:

1. Ask for guidance

2. Read the Scriptures

3. Look at the circumstances

4. Listen for inner direction


And remember, nothing that Jesus leads us to will be contrary to His Word.  


My friend, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who gives His life for the Sheep. Is He your good shepherd?









John 10:7-11



PERSONALITY OF THE SHEPHERD - Vss. 7-9 - He is the "door". When people place their trust in Him, He is their way to eternal life.


PURPOSE OF THE SHEPHERD - Vs. 10 - He has come to give abundant life.


PRACTICE OF THE SHEPHERD - Vs. 11 - He gives his life for the sheep. Not only did He give His life on the cross, but Jesus gives His life now as our "great high priest", (Hebrews 4:14-16) and our "advocate" (1 John 2:1-2).




John 10:27-31



THE FAITH OF THE SHEEP - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"


THE FUTURE OF THE SHEEP - "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish..."


THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE SHEPHERD - "...neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (See verses 29-30 too.)




John 10:27-28



If you know this Psalm, please recite it with me. Psalm 23

The best known Psalm is Psalm 23.

Many can recite it when they can recite no other Scripture.

Many a pastor has shared this Psalm in the sick room or next to a deathbed.


Psalm 23 is the favorite Psalm of many people including me.

Who is the "Lord" in Psalm 23? It is the Lord Jesus Christ!

How do I know?


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! Isaiah 53:5-6


Jesus as the good shepherd died for the sheep but rose again on the third day from the dead!

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus is still the good shepherd, and He is very active as Psalm 23 just showed us.  For a shepherd to be an active shepherd, He must have one thing.  He must have sheep!


In John 10:24-26 we see that not everyone is one of Jesus sheep. Also see Matthew 7:21 and

Matt 25:31-33


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 this morning in John 10:27-28.


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, "I trust 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.





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