This sermon – The Good Shepherd – was originally preached 2014.02.09 by Jerrill Schrock.
We want to look at Jesus as the good shepherd.
Sheep learn to know their shepherds voice. When another shepherd tries to call the sheep of another shepherd, they won’t come out. When a sheep recognizes the voice of his shepherd though, he responds and will come out and follow him.
A shepherd can take his sheep out of the sheep pen and then out into the field. The sheep will follow their master, they know and trust that their shepherd is leading them the way that they need to go. Sheep won’t follow a stranger, in fact they are much more likely to turn and run away from a stranger who tries to get them to do something.
We have a role to play in making sure that the voice of the stranger stays strange. We also need to work to ensure the familiarity of the voice of our shepherd.
The children of Israel, by the time the last plague came around knew that when Moses said something was going to happen, it was going to happen. They wanted to be pretty sure that they did whatever was necessary to have the death angel pass over them.
We need to be thinking about our shepherd and what all he has done for us. Making sure that we are prepared for when he comes to call us.
The thief causes anxiety and confusion. The good shepherd brings peace and security.
A good shepherd knows his sheep.
A sheep knows his master, he doesn’t just stand there and do nothing. When he hears his master he perks up and listens.
God lets us make our own choices, but he wants us, he works to keep us.
1 Peter 5:8
The devil is trying to get us. He is working to make himself look as good as possible.
We can see the difference that Christ makes in people’s lives when they truly follow him. What God does for us in our own lives and how he continues to work in our lives is worth more, in a lot of ways than being able to logically argue for some truth.