John Lesson 14 Day 4 ~ John 10:11-21
8. Jesus referred to his death by crucifixion when he said,
“I am the good shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” He is the Passover lamb sacrificed for us all.
I am thankful that Jesus willingly humbled himself, suffered and died for every sin. I accepted and received his gift. I am forgiven and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Eternal life is mine.
9. Jesus Christ, Shepherd of the Jews and Gentiles
Jesus, speaking to the Jews— “I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd.” John 10:16 MSG
The “other sheep” are the Gentiles—non-Jews.
Before Christ, Gentiles had to convert to Judaism and be circumcised.
During Jesus’ time on earth, Gentiles were forbidden to go any further than the outer court of the temple.
(Gentiles) were excluded from entering into any of the inner courts, and warning signs in Greek and Latin were placed that gave warning that the penalty for such trespass was death. The Romans permitted the Jewish authorities to carry out the death penalty for this offence, even if the offender were a Roman citizen. It was for this alleged crime that Paul was attacked and nearly beaten to death by an angry crowd during his last visit to Jerusalem (Acts 21:27-32). Bible-history.com
The Jews were the chosen people of God. Jesus would start a new order–the church–that would be made up of men and women from every race and culture. Andrew Wommack
There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. Galatians 3:28 (AMP)
“Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” Ephesians 2:18 NLT
10. John 10:17-18
Jesus’ sacrificial death was not forced upon Him. He chose to do this because of His great love for us and His Father. God the Father loved Him for this.
This is a powerful truth that makes the sacrifice of Jesus even more amazing. No one forced Jesus to do this. He was in absolute control (Luke 4:30; John 7:30, 8:20, 59, and 10:39). This was completely voluntary. Andrew Wommack
…His death was voluntary. His coming was voluntary—the fruit of love. His death was the fruit of love. He was permitted to choose the time and mode of his death. He did. He chose the most painful, lingering, ignominious manner of death then known to man, and THUS showed his love.
I have power. This word often means authority. It includes all necessary power in the case, and the commission or authority of his Father to do it.
Power to take it again. This shows that he was divine. A dead man has no power to raise himself from the grave. And as Jesus had this power after he was deceased, it proves that there was some other nature than that which had expired, to which the term “I” might be still applied. None but God can raise the dead; and as Jesus had this power over his own body it proves that he was divine.
This commandment. My Father has appointed this, and commissioned me to do it. Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 14 Day 4 John 10:11-21