4th SUNDAY OF EASTER-C
I Reading: Acts 13:14.43-52: We must turn to the pagans.
II Reading: Apocalypse 7:9.14-17: The Lamb will be their shepherd and will lead them to springs of living water.
Gospel: John 10:27-30: I give eternal life to the sheep that belong to me.
The Great Shepherd’s Claims, 10:22-42
Jesus Christ is the great shepherd-great because of who He is. Note the phenomenal claims He made. Jesus Christ claimed to be “the Good Shepherd.” He is not a bad or a false shepherd.
He is concerned about his sheep and protects them from all dangers and difficult moments in life. Thus we need more good shepherds in the church to look after the people of God; in the same time the sheep or the people of God must pray for their shepherds and support them and listen to their preaching and teaching of the Gospel and finally accompanying them with love and joy to carry out the mission of Jesus among all. A joyful shepherd and sheep is a good leader and a believer.
How can we become a good shepherd and a good sheep or believer? Through prayer, believing in Christ, practising the Word of God and putting into action with humility and obedience to God’s will and doing selfless and sacrificial service to the poor and needy.
1. Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Feast of Dedication (v.22-24)
a. It was a winter
b. He was walking in Solomon’s colonnade
c. The religionists approached and questioned Him
2. Claim 1: He is the Messiah (v.25-29)
a. Religionists did not believe
1) His clear claim
2) His works are proof
3) Reason: The religionists were not of His sheep
b. His sheep believe
1) Are receptive
2) Are known
3) Do follow v.27
4) Are given life
5) Are kept from perishing
6) Are secured
7) Are assured a double security in God Himself
3. Claims 2: He is one God, that is, He is God Himself (v.30-33)
a. The religionists reacted
b. Jesus questioned their reaction
c. The religionists admitted that His works were good
d. The religionists understood His claim, but they rejected Him
4. Claim 3: He is the Son of God (v.34-36)
a. Jesus showed man’s inconsistency
b. Jesus’ claim
1) The Father sacrificed Him, set Him apart
2) The Father sent Him
3) He is the Son of God
5. Claim 4: God is in Him and He is in God-absolutely (v.37-39).
a. His works prove
b. He was still rejected
6. Conclusion: Jesus retired (v.40-42)
a. Jesus went to the area of John the Baptist
b. John’s crowds began to follow Jesus
c. Many believed in Jesus
Thought: Who is Jesus for us today? How many of us/missionaries work and die knowingly, willingly and voluntarily for the people of God as a good shepherd in our Church?