John 10:16-18 ESV
16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
I. AN OLD AND FUTURE PEACE
A. Jesus is the door to seeing the kind of life God intended for mankind restored.
B. Jesus restores the shalom, the peace between man and God, man and man, and man and the creation. (Genesis 3)
C. The full doctrine of reconciliation is our restored friendship with both God and our fellow man.
II. THE MULTI-ETHNIC FLOCK OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
A. There are three ethnicities in the New Testament: Jew, Gentile, and the Church. (Ephesians 2:11-22)
B. The Bible does not classify people by color but by which ethnicity, Jew, Gentile, or Church, they belong to. (Acts 13:1, Revelation 7:9-10)
C. Jesus shepherding one multi-ethnic flock is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. (Genesis 12:1-3)
III. BECOMING THE DOOR
A. Jesus becomes the door of peace at the cost of laying down His own soul.
B. Jesus alone rises from death to never die again and Jesus alone needed no one to resurrect Him.
The death of Jesus demonstrates the depths of God’s love. The resurrection puts on display the height of the power of God to do the impossible. We need both.