The Good Shepherd
John 10:11, 14-15 says:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep … I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
We heard a great sermon at church on Sunday by Jason Fitzgerald about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. We know it, but what an awesome reminder for us all to own it.
Jason gave us a beautiful glimpse of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Jesus cares for us, He feeds us, He prepares us and protects us. A shepherd knows his sheep and the sheep know the shepherd. The sheep trust the shepherd to lead and guide them in righteousness and walks with us through dark times.
When Jesus says, “I know them,” this means that He knows them by name; that is, He knows them individually and intimately. They are not anonymous, lost in the flock. We are personally known to the shepherd, Jesus Christ.
A primary characteristic of the good shepherd is that He is willing to not only leave the one that is lost for the 99, but willing to lay down his life for the sheep. Jesus, as our good shepherd, loves us unto death; He was willing to die for His sheep.
He died for you and I so that we might have life and life more abundantly. If you have not experienced the abundant life that Jesus freely gives, or know Him personally, it is not too late. Find a Christian friend to talk with, a local church to attend with loving and caring people, or simply ask Jesus to forgive your sin and be part of your life…it can happen for you today. My prayer for you is that you would allow Jesus to be the good shepherd in your life.