THE GOOD SHEPHERD
I’m always amazed how some people respond when they are identified as sheep. Some become indignant and indicate they do not want to be classified as sheep. They go on to say sheep are dumb animals, but how sad it is they miss the point that sheep have a shepherd. The shepherd watches over the sheep so no harm will come to them. In fact, when one of the sheep goes astray the shepherd will leave the other sheep and go after the one that has gotten away. That is incredible. Jesus refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd in John 10:11, where we read these words:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”
This is a powerful portion of scripture where we can see clearly that the Good Shepherd laid down His life for the sheep. In the following verses, He speaks about a hireling. When dangers come the hireling will leave the sheep to their own fate and escape, but the good shepherd sets himself between the flock and peril so nothing can harm the sheep. Not only that, but a good shepherd has intimate knowledge of each of his flock. The Lord says I know my own. What an intimate relationship between the Shepherd and the sheep. It is my prayer that you will give thanks for the Good Shepherd who watches over us day and night. He protects us from all hurt and harm, and He has given His life for us. Thanks be unto God for the Good Shepherd and the blessing it is to be one of His sheep.