Featured Passage: John 10
After Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth, the Pharisees wanted to know who He was. Some of the Jews thought He was evil and crazy, while others realized His good works could not be performed by an evil person. Jesus had compared those who did not understand His message with those who could not see, saying they were spiritually blind. He then spoke a parable to them about something most people understood during that time – sheep and shepherds. The Pharisees, not satisfied with Jesus’ answer, surrounded Him hoping that this time He would not get away!
- Why did Jesus often use parables when speaking to the people? (Hint: Look in John 10 or Matthew 13 for the answer)
- Who are the sheep in the parable? What do you think sheep can teach us about being Christians?
- What does Jesus mean when He calls Himself the door to the sheep? How does Jesus describe those who do not come through the door?
- How does Jesus describe a good shepherd? In what ways is Jesus the good shepherd?
- What reward does Jesus have for His sheep?
- Why did the Pharisees want to stone Jesus?
“I am the good shepherd. The shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”