The Good Shepherd
Delivered By
Dr Tom Hover
Delivered On
November 21, 2021
Central Passage
John 10
The Good Shepherd

John 10
INTRODUCTION: “Two men were called on, in a large classroom, to recite the Twenty-third Psalm. One was a published orator trained in speech technique and drama. He repeated the psalm in a powerful way. When he finished, the audience cheered and even asked for an encore that they might hear his wonderful voice again.    “Then the other man, who was much older, repeated the same words—‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want …’ But when he finished, no sound came from the large class. Instead, people sat in a deep mood of devotion and prayer. “Then the first man, the orator, stood to his feet. ‘I have a confession to make,’ he said. ‘The difference between what you have just heard from my old friend, and what you heard from me is this: I know the Psalm, my friend knows the Shepherd.’ ” I want you to ask yourself this question, “Do I really know the Shepherd?”     
The Good Shepard’s Sheep:
 1. He knows John 10:14, 27
 2. He calls  John 10:3
 3. He gathers Isa 40:11; John 10:16
 4. He guides  Ps 23:3; John 10:3, 4
 5. He feeds  Ps 23:1, 2; John 10:9
 6. He cherishes tenderly  Isa 40:11
 7. He protects and preserves
       Jer 31:10; Eze 34:10; Zec 9:16; Joh 10:28
 8. He laid down his life for  Zec 13:7; Mt 26:31; Joh 10:11, 15; Ac 20:28
 9. He gives eternal life to  John 10:28
Psalm 23
I. The Lord Is with Us   “My shepherd;” verse 1 
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me...” verse 4 
II. The Lord Is Beneath Us   “Green pastures:” verse 2
III. The Lord Is Beside Us “Beside the still waters” verse 2
IV. The Lord Is Within Us  “He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Verse 3
V. The Lord Is Above Us  “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
VI. The Lord Is Before Us “Thou preparest a table before me” verse 5
VII. The Lord Is Around Us   “Mine enemies” verse 5
VIII. The Lord Is Upon Us   “Thou anointest my head” verse 5
IX. The Lord Is After Us “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:” verse 6        (Psalm 139:5)
X. The Lord Is Beyond Us “the house of the Lord” verse 6
Psalm 46:1 (46:1-3)  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
This chapter is the great shepherd chapter of the Gospel of John. Christ is portrayed as the Shepherd of the sheep. John 10 may be divided into four major parts as follows:

 I. The Introduction to the Good Shepherd    John 10:1–21
      1. The Stealing from the Good Shepherd  John 10:1
      2. The Style of the Good Shepherd  John 10:1–6
      3. The Salvation in the Good Shepherd  John 10:7–9
      4. The Sanctity of the Good Shepherd   John 10:10–15
•    The stealer.  John 10:10
   • The servant. The “hireling” (hired servant)  
•   The Shepherd.  In contrast to the false religious leaders, who have been portrayed by thieves and hirelings, Christ is a blessing to His followers. 
      First, His character. “I am the good shepherd” John 10:11, 14
S.  Second, His contribution.  “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10   
    Third, His cognizance.” I … know my sheep and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father” John 10:14, 15
•    The vicariousness of the sacrifice.   John 10:15
•.   The value of the sacrifice. John 10:16
•.   The vindication of the sacrifice. John 10:17 
•     The victory in the sacrifice.  “Take it again … I have power to take it again” (John 10:17, 18). 
  6. The Strife About the Shepherd   John 10:19–21
II. The Identity of the Shepherd
John 10:22–30
1. The Desire for the Identity John 10:22–24
2. The Denouncing About the Identity    John 10:25–27
3. The Deliverance for the Identity John 10:28, 29 
4. The Deity in the Identity  John 10:30
III. The Intolerance for the Shepherd
John 10:31–39
1. The Action of Intolerance   John 10:31
2. The Asking About the Intolerance John 10:32
3. The Accusation from Intolerance    John 10:33
4. The Argument Against Intolerance   John 10:34–38
5. The Avoiding of the Intolerance John 10:39
IV. The Interest in the Good Shepherd
John 10:40–42
1. The Place in the Interest   John 10:40
2. The Pursuit in the Interest  John 10:41
3. The Perception in the Interest  John 10:41
4. The Product of the Interest John 10:42
Conclusion: There is no question that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The only question that remains at this point in the service is this: Do you know the Shepherd? How you answer that question determines where you can expect to spend eternity. Your answer to that question will make all the difference between Heaven and Hell.