I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. … I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:11, 14-15 NIV
Jesus is the Good Shepherd of His sheep. He loves us, His sheep, so much so that He is willing to die for us. He knows His sheep intimately. He calls us by name and we recognize His voice. He gathers His sheep together and makes us all one flock. He watches over His sheep and protects us from evil. He is a very good shepherd.
Sheep need the help and care of a shepherd. A shepherd guides and defends the sheep of His flock. Sheep are easy prey to wolves, coyotes, and other predators. A good shepherd protects the flock from harm and leads them to green pastures where they may feed and be nurtured for their health and growth.
- As sheep, we must stay close to our shepherd if we are to benefit from his care and protection. What do the following passages say about following Jesus our Good Shepherd? — Luke 9:57-62; John 15:1-17
- Jesus cares for sheep that are lost. He searches for them that they may be brought back to the flock. What is stated in the following passages about Jesus’ searching for His lost sheep? — Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 15:1-7
Question to ponder: Are you following close after the Good Shepherd as He seeks to guide and protect you?
Passages for further study: Matthew 10:29-31; 1 Peter 5:7