John chapter 11 is one of two great passages in the bible in which we are introduced to the Shepherd character of our God. The Shepherd character of our God flows from His love and care and compassion for His sheep that have wandered and gone astray. This Shepherd is no simple religious guru nor teacher. Our Good Shepherd has paid the ultimate price to claim the souls of these lost sheep. He has come through the door. There was nothing underhanded nor dubious in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. A work has to be undertaken. The Old Testament prophesies had to be fulfilled. A fallen humanity didn't just need a handful of new ideas or high standards. A fallen, lost and sinful humanity needed a Saviour, a sin bearer, one who could set free and save His people from sin and judgment. This alone is found in the Good Shepherd who gave His life for His sheep.
A gospel message preached by Dr J Stewart Gillespie, at Bridgend Gospel Hall, New Cumnock.