Here is a brief summary of our teaching lesson on John 10 for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
In one of several confrontations with the Pharisees described in the gospels, at the end of Chapter 9, Jesus offends the Pharisees by suggesting they are blind to the truth, saying he (Jesus) has come to bring sight to the blind. He further offends them in Chapter 10 by telling them their “belief” is misplaced.
The Good Shepherd Discourse in Three Parts
1. Jesus is the good shepherd who knows His sheep and calls them by name. The sheep hear his voice and follow Him. Jesus knows how to speak to the place in each of our hearts that hears and responds to Him.
2. Jesus is the gate through which we have access to the safety and security of the sheepfold. Like a good architect who wouldn’t design a house without a door, God planned from the beginning of time for Jesus to be the only gate to the sheepfold for all those who want relationship with Him.
3. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, lays down his life for his sheep. He does so willingly and he takes his life up again by the authority given him by the Father.
Jesus then went on to tell the Pharisees that their belief was misplaced and incomplete. They chose not to believe that Jesus was sent from God even though they had seen the miracles Jesus had performed. The words “believe” and “believed” are used 226 times in the Bible. They are used 73 times in the gospel of John. It seems that John wants us to consider what we choose to believe.
Here is a link to yesterday’s talk in case you’d like to listen to it:
Next week, Betsey Mulloy will be back to teach us about Lazarus. His story is in John 11 and Lesson 14 in your workbooks.
I do hope you’ll be able to join us! Always a blessing is received.
Believe in the Good Shepherd!