A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Why Read the Bible? Reading through the Bible brings out the awesome wonder of God as He speaks to and loves the humanity He created. Because Christ is the incarnation of God, the New Testament should be prominent in any Bible reading plan. To be continued.
“The Shepherd And His Flock”, John 10:1) Verily, Verily (Truly, Truly), I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. Isaiah 56:10. 2) But He that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:28. 3) To him the Porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4) And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. 5) And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. Proverbs 19:27; Colossians 2:8. 6) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8) All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9) I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11)I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep. 12) But he that is an hireling, and not The Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14) I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 2Timothy 2:19.15) As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd. 17) Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.18) No man taketh it from Me; but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father. Acts 2:24. 19) There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.20) And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye Him? 21)Others said, These are not the words of Him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? Exodus 4:11; Isaiah 35:5.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-5The Church of God in the world is as a sheepfold (a walled enclosure), exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The Great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that are His, guards them by His providence, guides them by His Spirit and Word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of His steps.
v6-9 Many who hear the Word of Christ, do not understand it, because they will not. Christ is the Door: And what greater security has the Church of God than that the Lord Jesus is between it and all its enemies? We must come in by Jesus Christ as the Door: and by faith in Him as the great Mediator between God and man. He expects the Church, and every Believer to wait on Him: and to stay in His Pasture.
v10-19 Christ is a good Shepherd; others were not necessarily thieves, but were careless in their duty, and by their neglect the flock was much hurt. See here the grace of Christ: since none could demand His Life of Him, He laid it down Himself for our redemption. Our Lord laid down His Life for His sheep. Amen.
v19-21 Satan ruins many, because we are conceited and will not trust or accept God’s Word or His ordinances. We are ashamed or embarrassed to share God’s word in order to bring other sheep into the fold. Let us not be mindful of what others think, but remember how our Master was thus rejected before us.