Mar 20, 2022 – part 2

JOHN 10 – Don’t miss that this is the middle of an intense conversation Jesus was having with the Pharisees (see Jn 9:40-41)…

Jn 10:1-6 – The Pharisees were SUPPOSED to be leading God’s people, but Jesus reserved His harshest words for them because they were actually leading people AWAY from God. All the Scriptures pointed the way to Messiah Jesus, and the Pharisees were doing all they could to turn people away from Him.

Jn 10:7-10 – Jesus is explaining why there was a group that was turning away from the Pharisees and correctly turning to Jesus. Two more “I AM” statements, again clearly claiming (for all those with ears to hear – contrast v 6) His proper and full divinity. When compared to Ex 3:13-20, it’s clear that Jesus is the un-created, eternally existing “I AM” who delivered His people from Egypt and is on the verge of laying His life down as the perfect Sacrifice to deliver His people from their sins.

Jn 10:10 – One of my favorite one-verse summaries of a truth that keeps appearing throughout Scripture – there are only TWO PATHS. And don’t fall for the generic talk about a divine being / higher power / we’re all serving the same God. No, Jesus is clear that the ONLY way to real life that’s abundant and eternal (compare Ps 16:11) is HIM. Any other way is only to “steal and kill and destroy.” The other ways may be openly destructive and seen by many to be ugly, like bondage to drugs/alcohol/sex, etc. Or the other path may LOOK outwardly very respectable (like the Pharisees and other religious leaders Jesus most aggressively confronted).

Jn 10:11, 14 – “I AM the Good Shepherd” – The “I AM” statement by itself is a divinity claim, and then Jesus pairs it with reference to the Shepherd of God’s people. Though religious leaders were SUPPOSED to act as God’s under-shepherds for His people (as pastors still are – the word “pastor” is closely related to “pasturing” sheep), God Himself clearly is the Chief Shepherd. See of course Ps 23, but also don’t miss Ezek 34 (especially pointed AGAINST those who were SUPPOSED to act as under-shepherds but instead mis-led and abused God’s sheep).

Jn 10:11, 15 – “lays down His life for the sheep” – Though we are to call ALL to Jesus as Savior for ALL who come to Him, once someone DOES follow Him, we should help them see that when Jesus died He wasn’t just seeing who might follow Him some day. He was dying specifically and specially for those who WERE His at His death, for those that BECAME His on the cross (like the thief in Lk 23:39-43), and those who WOULD BECOME His after His resurrection (see Jn 10:16).

Jn 10:16 – The TRUE UNITY for ALL those that follow Jesus as their Shepherd!

Jn 10:18 – There’s an ugly false teaching that compares the cross to divine child abuse. No! Jesus CHOSE to lay down His life for His sheep.

Jn 10:19 – Jesus is appropriately polarizing. But there IS unity for those that are His (see v 16).

Jn 10:24-26 – Jesus HAS been telling those who have been given ears to hear (compare Matt 13:10-16, 11:25-27) that He IS the Messiah (“Christ” is the more Greek way and “Messiah” the more Hebrew way to say the promised Anointed One). And that the Messiah is the same as Emmanuel (“God with us”) – God in the flesh. But God has always been clear that He is not constrained to answer people as they demand (see also the shrewd answer in v 34-39, and the last several chapters in the book of Job).

Jn 10:28-30 – This is a vital text on the teaching of the PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS. Those that truly belong to Jesus will ALWAYS belong to Jesus. They are double-secured by both God the Father AND God the Son (and Eph 1:13-14 is clear that we’re triple-secured because of God the Holy Spirit). But SOME who talk about “Eternal Security” take it too lightly, as if this is true for everyone who PROFESSES faith in Jesus. No – see v 27 (cf Jn 2:23-25, Jn 8:31-32) – there are some who LOOK like they’re following Jesus for a while and then fall away. 1 Jn 2:19 says clearly that those people were never truly followers of Jesus.

Optional Psalm 55 – David the Psalmist has been betrayed by a close friend (see 12-14), and his heart is broken. This Psalm gives us God-inspired words to use in casting our burden on Yahweh (see the command and promise in v 22). Ps 55:22-23 AGAIN remind us of the end of the story for the TWO PATHS in life. When our hearts are breaking, we must return to this again and again.

Optional Proverbs 15:1-4 – Three of these are the HUGE importance of how we TALK. And Pr 15:3 is both a sweet promise for when the good we’re doing seems unnoticed AND a sober warning for when we think our sin is unseen.