Jesus said, “I Am the Good Shepherd.” Is the Good Shepherd the LORD God Almighty?


JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD WHO DIED FOR THE SHEEP

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11)

While those around Him, mostly Jews, were contemplating these words, Jesus added:

As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:15

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WHAT DID DEVOUT JEWS KNOW ABOUT ALMIGHTY GOD AS A SHEPHERD?

Jews were certainly aware of the symbolism of the Shepherd and Israel. We find in 1 Kings 22:14-17  that King Micaiah had compared Israel to sheep without a shepherd when they were going to battle without the LORD in their midst.

The Psalmist David had declared: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

The Psalmist Asaph referred to the Almighty as the Shepherd who dwells between the Cherubims.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. Psalm 80:1

1 Samuel 4:4 identifies the One who dwells between the Cherubims:

…the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims…

Jeremiah the prophet refers to the LORD Almighty as the Shepherd:

Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. Jeremiah 31:10

Amos and Zechariah referred to a Shepherd who would come.

WHY DID JESUS SAY “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD?”

Jesus wanted to and wants to save all people. His goal was that all would come to repentance and none would perish or that all would be saved. For this to be accomplished, it is essential that mankind know Christ and His power. We must understand that in Christ alone comes salvation and therefore, in Christ alone are we secure.  Just as The LORD illustrated His relationship with Israel as that of sheep and their Shepherd in the OT, Jesus was revealing Himself as that Shepherd who cares for His sheep. As Phillip Keller wrote in his book, A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23, “Our Shepherd…leads us through the valleys with Himself. He knows where we can find strength, and sustenance and gentle grazing despite every threat of disaster about us.” In Christ we are safe. Away from Christ there is no security. Those living in Israel and the surrounding areas were keenly aware that sheep faced danger every day. They were in danger from their own behaviors and from predators. Jesus wanted them to see themselves in their lost condition just as He wants that for us today.

Jesus knew that when we see ourselves as helpless, just as sheep are helpless, only then will we comprehend our need for the Savior – the Good Shepherd.

DID JESUS INTEND TO REFER TO HIMSELF AS THE LORD ALMIGHTY?

I think the best answer to this question is with another question. Why did Christ use this particular illustration and why did He use the phrase “I Am” and the Greek article Ò, or ho, meaning THE good shepherd? The I Am is the name of the LORD God Almighty and His choice of words indicates that Jesus is pointedly saying that He isn’t just any shepherd, He is THE GOOD Shepherd.  Those who read the Old Testament know the LORD Almighty is the Shepherd in Psalm 23. Continue reading

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What is Jesus revealing about Himself when He says, “I am the Gate?”


WHAT KIND OF GATE IS JESUS?

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

Gates do two things. Gates allow some to enter and keep others out. Jesus is the Gate to the sheepfold. The sheepfold contains those sheep cared for by the Shepherd. For Christians, being in the sheepfold means being in the family of the LORD.

The LORD is my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1

Kevin Ruffcorn in his book, I Am the Gate, gives some very telling information about a shepherd and his sheepfold.

Shepherds would become the gate to the sheep fold. They would lie in front of the opening to the fold so that nothing could enter without them knowing. Human gates provided entrance to the fold and protection from threats outside.

Jesus, being the gate, permits only the sheep known by the Lord to go in and keeps all others out. Being the Gate, He opens to some and closes to others.

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Rev. Ruffcorn also points out that the shepherds in Israel knew their sheep by name and the sheep knew them. Shepherds provided a place of safety and also pasture for their sheep. Jesus does the same.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.John 10:9

Phillip Keller pointed out in A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 that the shepherd made it his business to see to the safety and security of every sheep in the fold.

If an earthly shepherd kept his sheep safe, how much more will the Son of God keep those who are trusting in Him safe? Jesus answered that question when He said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28

JESUS AS ‘THE GATE’ REVEALS

  1. Jesus is the only way into the sheepfold or the family of God.
  2. Jesus is the One who keeps all believers secure and saved.
  3. Jesus keeps all who would harm His sheep out of the sheepfold or the family of God.
  4. Jesus knows by name those within the sheepfold or the family of God.
  5. Jesus provides pasture or the necessities of life for the sheepfold or the family of God.
  6. Jesus gives eternal life to those in the sheepfold or the family of God.
  7. Jesus has a personal relationship with each on in the family of God and they know Him and His voice.
  8. Jesus is illustrating the truth revealed in John 14:6 when He said, “… No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  9. Jesus is the LORD, the Good Shepherd.
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Does Jesus say, “I Am God” when He says, “I am the Bread of Life?”


JESUS SAID, “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

 When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life”, the Jews knew that He meant something very important by this statement.  Devout Jews knew about the “Bread of the Presence.”

 

 

WHO SENT JESUS TO EARTH?

Jesus frequently mentioned to His disciples that He came to earth to do the will of the Father. Men had trouble seeing God when looking at Christ because He came as a man, He prayed to the Father as we are to pray, and He even said the Father was greater. Jesus reminded all who heard Him that He was on earth by the will of the Father and He had made Himself dependent upon the Father.

Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. John 6:57

Our nature is such that we have trouble looking at another man (Son of man) and seeing God (Son of God.) Yet John said the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and that “…the Word was God.”

What we could miss is that when God became a man, He became totally dependent upon the Person’s of the Father and the Holy Spirit. Although He was able to call on the Father and for a legion of angels at any moment, He gave up that right and did only the will of the Father as the Redeemer, Savior, Lamb of God. 

Jesus said to him. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?” Matthew 26:52-54

Why did the Father send Jesus to earth?

So that we might live.

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said, therefore, unto him, ‘Sir, always give us this bread.’ Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:32-35

ARE WE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT BREAD?

No, Jesus said plainly:

John 6:48-58 (KJV)
I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

We cannot live without the Bread of Life.

DOES THIS MEAN JESUS IS GOD?

We learn at MessianicGoodnews:

The Bread of the Presence was set before the lamp in the holy place. “Bread of Presence” in Hebrew is לחם פנים (lechem panim) which, literally translated, means “bread of faces.” The face of God is revealed in Jesus Christ. The Bread of the Presence prophetically illustrated how God would come into this world which he created and make his dwelling among his people to reveal his glory to us in the face of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus Christ, the Son, is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being … (Heb.1:3).

Hebrews, who best understood the symbolism in the tabernacle, thought so.

The use of the phrase, “I Am” also indicates Jesus is revealing His deity.

Only God is able to give life.

 

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Does Jesus say, “I Am God?”


DOES JESUS EVER SAY, “I AM GOD?”

JESUS SAID, “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

Jesus made seven ‘I Am’ statements in John which are discussed by Jack Kelly on Grace thru Faith.

What do these statements mean and what was Jesus saying to us?

Having recently heard Pastor Denis McBride at Campus Church in Pensacola, FL preach on this statement of Christ, “I am the light of the world” I want to share his thought and consider the impact of the words.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Pastor Denis shared his experience of being closed in a cellar in total darkness as a child and the fear it brought. 

Imagine going from total darkness to complete light. Following Jesus Christ means that kind of difference spiritually! Those who try to navigate life without following Christ are walking in complete blindness. Wow! Who would walk in darkness when light is available?

JESUS IS THE LAMP or THE GLORY OF GOD IN REVELATION

Jesus will be the light of the world for all eternity:

23 And the city has no need for sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 By its light the nations will walk, and into it the kings of the earth will bring their glory. 25 Its gates will never be shut at the end of the day, because there will be no night there. Revelation 21:23-25

GOD’S GLORY SHINES FROM CHRIST’S FACE

The writer of Hebrews indicates that when those on earth saw Christ face, or when we see Him with spiritual eyes, we see the glory and light of God.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus Christ, the Son, is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being … (Heb.1:3).

WAS JESUS SAYING THAT HE IS GOD?

One of His closest disciples seemed to think so. Check out what John wrote:

1 John 1:5 5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

That is how it sounds to me.

 

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University of GA – Who Wants House Republicans Guillotined?


COLLEGE LIFE THEN

Most of us remember fondly the day we left home to attend college. We felt freedom and a challenge to succeed. New friends, the smell of the college library, dorm life – it was a happy event. Our parents believed they were sending us off to a trusted place where we would return with what we needed to become truly independent thinkers and productive members of society. There were those who did not hold our values, but then there were those who did.

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An oped published on Monday, June 12, 2017 in the Chattanooga Times Free Press show how times have changed. It gives information on a young group of Socialist at the University of Georgia in Athens. They call themselves The Young Democratic Socialist  and describe their mission as follows:

Young Democratic Socialists works with local, state, and national organizations to raise awareness about important social and economic issues and to address them through direct action.

It is this group who tweeted in response to a college professor who said, “House Republicans should be lined up and shot.”

House Republicans should NOT be shot! They should be guillotined.”

The exchange began with a professor at The University of Washington .

I’m convinced state-supported colleges are going to continue to be bastions of hatred, prejudice, and far-left political ideology until parents decide enough is enough and stop enabling students to attend these institutions.

 

 

WHO ARE YOUNG REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVES?

It is difficult to say whether state supported colleges and universities or the media do more damage to conservatives. Either way, the end result is the same.  This poster probably describes it best:

There is a dearth of conservative representation in the pop culture ...

Isn’t it time for parents, conservative students, and Americans who care to fight back? (Unlike the groups above I am not suggesting we use guns or a guillotine.)

Information on who Conservative College Republicans actually are may be found at College Republican National Committee.

To learn more about the bias they face everyday read: Conservatism Under Attack on College Campuses.

List of 70 most Conservative Colleges in America.

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Opinion Poll – Who was hurt by Comey’s testimony?


THE RESISTANCE THOUGHT COMEY’S TESTIMONY WOULD BE THE DEATH KNELL FOR TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY. WERE THEY RIGHT?

CNN expected Comey to say Trump was never told he was not under investigation. Oops, Trump was right on this one. 

Trump has long said there were those leaking for political reasons. Who would have thought it would turn out to be Comey and he would tell that fact to everyone while under oath?

If the head of the FBI is asked to do something by the commander-in-chief, they either do it, or resign if they believe it to be unethical. What they don’t do is write a memo and leak it to the press.

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Climate Change in Perspective


How many  disasters that were predicted in the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”? How accurate were these predictions? Gore wasn’t the first to predict disaster upon the climate. This had happened previously in 1970. See 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970.

cal thomas.jpgCal Thomas puts many things into perspective in an OP Ed printed June 6, 2017. It is called ‘Hysteria Over Paris Pullout‘ and it puts the recent actions of President Trump in perspective when considering the many times we have been mislead in the past, not just on Climate Change, but on many issues that affect our daily lives.

Here is a sample of what you will read:

June 2010 article in Reason magazine lists some of the other Chicken Little claims about doomsday being just around the corner. The magazine’s science writer, Ronald Bailey, found a July 1, 1979 issue of The Washington Post claiming a “broad scientific consensus” that saccharin causes cancer. It took 30 years before the National Cancer Institute reported, “There is no clear evidence that saccharin causes cancer in humans.”

That same year, notes Bailey, the Post published a story citing researchers who believed eating more fiber appeared to significantly reduce the incidence of colon cancer. “Twenty years later,” writes Bailey, “a major prospective study of nearly 90,000 women reported that, ‘No significant association between fiber intake and the risk of colorectal adenoma was found.'”

Before we panic, should we not take a long hard look at all the climate information gathered over the centuries.

 

 

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