Ep. 49: The Good Shepherd (John 9-12)

Apr 1, 2024

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John 10:1-16

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[b] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. (NLT)


  • V. 1-5: Shepherd
    • Follow because they know his voice – we must spend time with Jesus to know his voice
    • Jesus leads them – he never asks anything of us that he hasn’t done himself (John 13)
  • V. 6-10: Gate
    • Back then sometimes the shepherd laid across the sheep pen at the gate. (https://ourdailybread.org/article/jesus-said-i-am-the-gate/) He was protecting his flock and only allowing in who and what he deemed best for them. 
    • He also lets them out to find safe pasture and abundant life 
    • Zoe life vs physical life (Empowered notes – Lori Varnell) 
  • V. 11-13: Good Shepherd
    • Sacrifices life for the sheep. He’s willing to give everything.
  • V. 14-16: Good Shepherd
    • He knows his sheep intimately 
    • We can know him “just as my Father knows me and I know the Father.” Wow! 
    • Bringing everyone together (us!) under him.


Prayer–Take time to sit quietly with God, pray, and worship him.


  • If you’re not in God’s word regularly, start there. Join our online study at taralcole.com/join or in the show notes to get started. Start with us in the middle of John this month. There’s no such thing as too late! That way you can begin to know Jesus’ voice and follow him.
  • If you are regularly in the word, excellent! Begin to decipher Jesus’ voice from the voice of the world and Satan (the adversary–as explained in a Bible Project video linked in the shownotes). When you hear you’re inner soundtrack, compare it to know what you know to be true from what you know of Jesus’ voice. Does it sound like what you know of God? Or does it not? 


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