John 10:1-10 The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

Jesus had just healed a blind man by spitting on the ground, making a mud paste and then putting it on the man’s eyes and having him go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man was taken before the Pharisees and grilled. Jesus found him later and witnessed to him: the man believed and worshiped Him [7:38]. 

Picking up at verse 39, Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

[40] Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

[41] Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”

 [10:1] “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  

[2] The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.

[3] The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

[4] When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

 The Pharisees were obviously not shepherds and didn’t get the message. Jesus tried again,

[7] Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.

[8] All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.

[9] I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

[10] The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Who were the thieves and robbers who came before? Could it be the religious leaders? If so, then verse 10 could easily read, “The religious leaders come only to use, manipulate, and control, but I have come that my sheep may have life, and have it to the full [in abundance].

Jesus also makes much of us hearing His voice and following Him only. It makes me wonder about so many “Christians” who run after so many things that are not Christ. Verse 5 puts them into perspective, “But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” I believe we have many in our churches that think they are His when they are not. 

I am reminded of Matthew 11:16-17, “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: [17] “‘We played the flute for you,
and you did not dance [a wedding game];
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn [a funeral game].’” He could easily have said of our generation, “We played the music and you did not worship right.” 

GLAD has a song that explains it pretty well, 

GLAD was a phenomenon. Their harmonies were before the wonders of the mixing boards of today. We heard them live in 1984 at OBU. Simply incredible! 

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