Today, we’re going to look In John 10:11 He said, “I am the good shepherd. Let’s, say it again. “Who is Jesus?” He said, “I am the good shepherd.” And what does a good shepherd do? The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He is the good shepherd; God is good. The gospel means “good news.” It’s good news that Jesus, the good shepherd, was willing to die for us in our place. And the fact that he said, “I’m the good shepherd” implies that there are others that are not good. In fact, he doesn’t just imply it, but in verse 1 of John, chapter 10, here’s what he said. He said, “I tell you the truth. Anyone who sneaks over the wall of the sheepfold, rather than going through the gate must surely be a thief and a robber.” Let’s be real clear: Jesus is the good shepherd. Who are we in this metaphor? We are we? The sheep. And he is here — imagine this: The love of God through his son that he desires that you have a rich and a satisfying life. Other versions say that, “His desire is that you have life to the fullest.” That’s what he wants for you.
Welcome today to we are so honored that you’ve chosen to worship our God and to celebrate the resurrection of God’s son, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Today we’re starting a brand new four-week series today called, “I am Jesus.” Over the next four weeks we’re going to study 4 of the 7 “I am” statements in the gospel of John. Next week, we’re going to study the statement Jesus said, when he said, “I am the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.” The following week, we’re going to look at his statement when he says, “I am the light of the world. In the 4th and final week of our series, we’re going to look at where he said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit but apart from me,” Jesus says, “you can’t do anything.” Today, though I want to look at the “I am” statement that fits best of all on this weekend, from John 11:25 when Jesus said this — “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die.”
Well I am very, very blessed to have heard really a lot of stories about how this little Old Testament book is impacting so many lives, and so today we’re actually going to wrap up our study through the book of Haggai. As we pick up the story this week, kind of reading between the lines. If you look at their attitude you can find that many of them really battle the same battle that many of us feel when we think we’re trying to do what you asked us to do God, but things just aren’t going well. We’re trying to do what you told us to do, and yet we’re not making progress. We’re trying to obey you God and yet our life still is not working very well. You can almost feel the cry of their hearts, “God we’re obeying you and yet where are you? Where are the results?” Is it really worth it to serve and obey God, and this is a question I believe many people were asking God and quite honestly many people ask today.
What does God often do in your life? God will often stir up your spirit. God gives you hope to accomplish something that God puts on your mind. God did this for the people. He gave them a sense of faith. We’re supposed to rebuild the temple. He stirred up their spirits, and this will happen for those of you that are followers of Jesus. There will be those times, like out of the blue, like I think we’re supposed to do this. You have faith for something, and you want to attack it, and that’s because God has stirred up your spirit and one month later, we get discourage and we give up or just put it aside. This week, we will look to the scriptures for God to help us when we get discouraged.