Sermon – “The Good Shepherd” – April Karli
May 5th, 2020 | Josh Williams
This Sunday April led us through John 10:1-10. We considered what Jesus meant when he used metaphors calling himself the good shepherd and a gate.
Scripture and Quotes:
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
“It matters that he [Jesus] is king. For people without status in the eyes of the world…life becomes manageable knowing that the King of the Universe is on your side…it matters that Jesus was Jewish and poor, a resident of an occupied territory. The gospel is not just about a savior who didn’t sin, but about one who places himself in solidarity with marginalized humanity, “taking the form of a slave” (Phil 2:7). Not only does the death (and resurrection) of Jesus matter, so does his life.” — Dennis Edwards