The Good Shepherd

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

John 10:10-13

In this passage, Jesus referred to Himself as “the Good Shepherd.”  This is an apt description of Him, for He IS the Good Shepherd.  All through the Bible, we get the imagery of Jesus being a Shepherd with us as His sheep.  Sheep are not intelligent creatures and I’m sure that we can all relate to that.  They need a shepherd to take care of them and to lead and guide them.  We can all also surely relate to that.

Jesus does lead and guide us.  He does help us.  He does protect us.  But He goes even beyond those things in His duty as the Good Shepherd.  In verse 11, He tells us that “the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”  He did not just lead us and help us, He gave His life for us.  A shepherd can do no more to show his love for his sheep than to give his life for them.  That is exactly what our Good Shepherd did for us.

The reason that He would be willing to do that is found in verses 12-13: He is not a hireling.  He is the shepherd.  And, unlike the hireling, He cares for His sheep.  When you think about things in these terms, isn’t it a wonderful feeling to know that you are one of His sheep?

2 responses to this post.

  1. I am so glad Christ is my shepherd. He never leaves me to my own devices no matter what dangers I face.

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  2. It sure is a wonderful feeling to know He is watching over me , caring for me deeply and completely. Thanks Ben and God bless!

    Reply

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