Jesus Is: Friend, Shepherd

John, along with the authors of the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), wrote to give an understanding of who Jesus is.

To Think About:

  • Jesus is a friend. Read John 15:12-15. In what ways do you think having Jesus as a friend influences your daily decisions and interactions? For example, how can you be a friend to someone who is struggling with loneliness or depression?
  • How does the idea of Jesus as a friend differ from other traditional views of religious figures?
  • Jesus is a shepherd. Read John 10:11-15. How does the idea of Jesus as a shepherd challenge traditional views of authority and leadership?
  • How might viewing Jesus as a shepherd influence how you approach caring for others within your community? For example, how can you lead someone who is hurting or confused?

To Live Out:

The story of God and humanity includes God becoming part of humanity. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God did not want to be something distant but someone close. To continue to reach people, he can use you, a part of his body (1 Cor. 12:27), to be close to others. You can be their friend and even help lead them. You can be a way they start to see Jesus.

To Pray About:

  • Express your gratitude to Jesus for the way he befriended you.
  • Thank God for the leadership he’s shown through the life and words of Jesus. Share specific ways you’ve seen that leading in your own life. Further, you can share the times when it has been difficult to follow that lead.

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