the dying Shepherd

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the dying Shepherd

The Scripture text of this study uses a color-coding system which might be helpful to you to use in studying your own Bible. The meanings of the color coding are as follows:

color key

Color markings in Scriptures found here are meant as an aid in understanding the topics and princples to which the Biblical phrases refer.

blue = God

red = commands

green = promises

pink = prophecy

orange = truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding

brown = sin to avoid, effects of sin, or the basic nature of man

red underline = examples to follow

other color underlines have the same meanings, but as a secondary emphasis to the text color

section 1

john 10:11-21

john 10:11-21  esv 

I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

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.

For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may 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 I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father."

There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. Many of them said, "He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?"

Others said, "These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"


my notes:

section 2

john 10:11  esv 

I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.


reference scriptures

ezekiel 34:11-16, 23-24  esv 

"For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I Myself will search for My sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out My sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel.

I Myself will be the shepherd of My sheep, and I Myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

And I will set up over them one shepherd, MyServant David, and He shall feed them: He shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My Servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.


mark 10:43-45  esv 

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."


romans 5:6-8  nlt, esv 

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  nlt

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  esv


john 15:12-13  esv 

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.


john 12:24-26  esv 

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.


my notes:

romans 15:1-3  esv 

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on Me."


ii corinthians 12:15, 19  esv, nlt 

I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.

Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you.


i john 3:16-18  nlt 

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.


i corinthians 10:24  csb 

No one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person.


my notes:

philippians 2:3-8  csb 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others. Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited.

Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when He had come as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.


philippians 2:20-21  esv 

For I have no one like {Timothy}, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.


i corinthians 15:30-31  nlt, niv84 

And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour?  nlt

I die every day--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.  niv84


my notes:

romans 16:3-4  kjv 

Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life laid down their own necks...


philippians 2:29-30  esv 

So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.


ruth 1:16-17  esv 

But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried.

May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you."


my notes:

ii kings 2:1-6  esv 

Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, "Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel."

But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?" And he said, "Yes, I know it; keep quiet."

Elijah said to him, "Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho."

But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho.

The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know it; keep quiet."

Then Elijah said to him, "Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan."

But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them went on.


ii corinthians 7:3  esv are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.


my notes: