John 10:1–10 NLT - “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
I. The Shepherd parable. Jesus leadership
A. The true shepherd comes through the gate (v1-10)
B. I am the good shepherd who lays down his life (v11-13)
C. I am the good shepherd I know my sheep (v14-18)
D. The contrast is brutal.
II. Rich and satisfying Life
1 – Peace
A. The way of the warrior (Erwin McManus)
John 16:33 NLT - I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
B. Peace is hard sometimes. How can we insure our peace.
Romans 8:6 NLT - So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
2 – Purpose
A. Without purpose our lives are blasé.
B. What is our purpose / To be light, reflect His glory and be like Him
Philippians 3:12–14 NLT - I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
3 – Power
Romans 8:11 NLT - The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
A. Same power in us
B. We carry around our grave clothes.
John 20:3–7 NLT - Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.
Jesus made a mission statement: “My purpose is that my sheep will have a rich and satisfying life”. Your purpose is to realize that Life in Him. You can realize it by living in His peace, embracing your purpose by forgetting what is behind and pressing on and tapping into the power of the resurrection that lives in you. I know you feel like you get farther away but you are not. Take heart people of God, Jesus has over come the world. Resurrection power lives in you right now.