Track Group | 19.5

Track Group | 19.5

Track Group | 19.5

Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!

We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and so far we’ve looked at Jesus saying:
I AM the resurrection and the life, I AM the way & I AM the True vine.

This week wer thinking about what Jesus meant when he said:

“I AM the good shepherd”
John 10:11

John 10:11-18 (NIV)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Reflection

Do you know what your name means?

If you don’t know what your name means, why not have a look at: www.babynames.co.uk or www.thinkbabynames.com to find out.

What do you think about your name and it’s meaning?
Would you change your name?

When Jesus talks about being the good shepherd it’s clear he is making a claim to know and love each of his sheep. He even says he loves his sheep that he’d lay down his life for them. We know Jesus isn’t talking about literal sheep… he’s talking about people. All people… including you and me!

What does it mean for Jesus to know you?
What does the image of a shepherd do for you?

The shepherd metaphore is one the reoccurs when talking and thinking about God. We have the parallel story of the good shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep for the stray… We have the Psalm all about God being a ood shepherd (Psalm 23.) The image is of a God who cares deeply, who helps his sheep, who protects them from danger, leads them through hard times and is guiding their path through it all.

I don’t know about you, but SIGN ME up! So often I feel lost, confused… even just watching the news right now is tough. When we reflect on the image of Jesus as our good shepherd we are brought back to remembering that God is leading us through. No matter what. The shepherd can’t stop bad things happen but he can lead the way through. He can guide and help his sheep. He can lead them to rest.

How can you listen to the call of the shepherd more this week?

Worship & Prayer

Dear God,
Thank you that you are the good shepherd.
Thank you for laying down your life to save us.
Thank you for always leading your people.
Help us to listen for your call.
Help us to follow your lead.
Amen.

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