Tag Archives: I am the good shepherd

  1. Shepherding like Jesus (John 10.1-16) [sermon 8-26-18]

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    August 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Bible has several different names for those who lead the church, like: elders, bishops, overseers. But there’s one description of the leaders of God’s people the Bible returns to again and again: shepherds. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the model and pattern for every shepherd of God’s church, because he is “the good shepherd.”

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  2. Jesus calls you by your name (John 20.1-18) [Easter sermon 2018]

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    March 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    For my Easter sermon this year, I’m focusing less on the resurrection event itself; and more on Jesus’ post-resurrection interaction with his disciple Mary. She only recognizes it’s him when he calls her by name. Earlier in John, Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd who calls his sheep by name, and they know his voice (John 10.3-4). And so Mary’s experience with the risen Jesus becomes a paradigm for future generations of disciples–like you and me.

  3. The shepherd’s voice (John 10.22-30) [Sermon 04-17-2016, Easter 4c: Good Shepherd Sunday]

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    April 17, 2016 by jmar198013

    In John 10.22-30, Jesus says that his sheep listen to his voice and follow him.

    Do they listen because they are his sheep? Or are they his sheep because they listen? Do they follow Jesus because he is their shepherd? Or is Jesus their shepherd because they follow?

  4. Sheep Without a Shepherd (Mark 6.30-34, 53-56; 2 Sam. 7.1-14; Eph. 2.11-22): Sermon 7-19-2015

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    July 19, 2015 by jmar198013

    What about these people ignited compassion in Jesus? They were like sheep without a shepherd. Now, that’s a pretty heart-wrenching image, isn’t it? We understand that this means they’re lost, directionless, vulnerable to attack by predators. What we might not understand is that, in the world of the Bible, the phrase sheep without a shepherd is loaded with significance. It is a politically-charged phrase, an indictment of failed leadership.

    In fact, one of the most bitter judgments in Scripture about corrupt leadership trades exclusively in the metaphor of bad shepherds. Ezekiel 34.2ff says: “Doom to Israel’s shepherds who tended themselves! You drink the milk, you wear the wool, and you slaughter the fat animals, but you don’t tend the flock. You don’t strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the injured, bring back the strays, or seek out the lost; but instead you use force to rule them with injustice. Without a shepherd, my flock was scattered; and when it was scattered, it became food for all the wild animals.” So when Jesus, the “Son of David”—the shepherd who became king—encountered this crowd of people at the end of their collective rope, I suspect he had an Ezekiel 34 moment. He was obviously heartbroken, but I think he was also outraged. Every framework, every structure, every safety net God had put in place to protect his people; to ensure justice and prosperity and peace; to promote the flourishing of human life—they’d all been compromised.

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