August 30, 2019 by directorfsm
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. ” (John 10:11-15 ESV)
Yo soy el buen pastor; el buen pastor su vida da por las ovejas. 12 Mas el asalariado, y que no es el pastor, de quien no son propias las ovejas, ve venir al lobo y deja las ovejas y huye, y el lobo arrebata las ovejas y las dispersa. 13 Así que el asalariado huye, porque es asalariado, y no le importan las ovejas. 14 Yo soy el buen pastor; y conozco mis ovejas, y las mías me conocen, 15 así como el Padre me conoce, y yo conozco al Padre; y pongo mi vida por las ovejas. (RVR 1960)
Today we look at the forth or middle “I AM” statements in our series of seven made by Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Yesterday, we affirmed that all those who enter through the Door (Gate) that is Jesus, we become part of His treasured flock (church body).
Like any flock of sheep a church desperately needs a Good Shepherd to guide them, someone who will defend them against the evils of both the physical world and spiritual world. Jesus says v.11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
But what about those who shepherd local churches? Well again Jesus is making an analogy so here too it is implied they too must have that same quality. They must be ready and able, to defeat the enemies of the church. This is very important willingness is great but ability is vital. Today we so not need a Pastor (Shepherd) to lay down their lives (at least in the Western world) for their flock. We do need well trained and educated MEN who can properly preach and teach the word of God to guide their flock (church).
Those that know me know I am not a fan at all of “Mega-Churches” or for that matter of large churches period. First I think they are a huge waste of god’s resources (climbing walls, cafe’s, multiple gymnasiums) and we are called to be good stewards of all that God has given us 1 Timothy 6:17-21. Secondly and maybe more importantly v.14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. I would love to know how one can know their flock (truly know on a personal intimate level) in these giant churches. Jesus says He knows them each of them personally and intimately they are His own. I know my Pastor and He knows me maybe better than I wish 🙂 there is comfort in that, there is an example set by Jesus there.