The Strongest Force in the World
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
April 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
John 10:11-18
The Strongest Force in the World

John 10:11-18New International Version (NIV)

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”


Pastor's Summary of John 10:11-18

Jesus continues to speak of himself as the good shepherd, an image familiar to his audience.  True followers, he has said, recognize the good shepherd.  "I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved...and find pasture...the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have [spiritual ] life, and have it abundantly" (vv. 9-10).  Now he says that he is the "good" (v. 11, i.e. real, proper) "shepherd", the one who dies for his "sheep", his flock.  but the "hired hand" (v. 12) does not care enough to save the sheep from the "wolf". (Old Testament prophets spoke of leaders of Israel in these terms, so Jesus probably speaks of them here-shepherds who are not worthy of the name.) Jesus' relationship to people is like the Father's to him (v. 15). Who are the "other sheep" (v. 16)? We can only guess: perhaps they are non-Jews.  They will have equal status with those who already follow Jesus, as part of one Church. Then v. 18: Jesus has been given the authority to choose to die and the power to rise again from the dead.  He is in control of his own death and resurrection.