I get the sheep analogy when it comes to humans. We all are either following each other around or wandering off getting ourselves into trouble. I often look at situations and think, why and then I think, sheep. Path of least resistance, go with the crowd, don’t make a fuss. Our human mentality is that as long as it doesn’t affect me I don’t have to bother with it.
“We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
Sheep need a shepherd, to lead them to food, to protect them from danger and from death. We need a shepherd too and all too often we look to men to be our shepherds but we need to remember that even the best men are still human and remembering who our Good Shepherd is will keep us in green pasture and from the enemy.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd and as we look at John 10 today I want you to allow who he is to you and to me to soak in.
We can hear his voice. Jesus, our shepherd, is not hard to be found, known or heard. John 10:3 says that the sheep hear his voice. Verse 4 says that they know his voice and follow him. Are you quieting your heart and tuning your ear to hear and know the Shepherd’s voice?
We are called by name. Verse 3 also says that he calls his own by name. Meditate on that with me today, Jesus calls you by your own name. He knows you intimately and loves you sweetly.
We have salvation. Verse 9, “ I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved…” Jesus came to bring us salvation, rescue from our predicament of separation from our Creator God. The God that Adam and Eve walked with in the garden. The God who formed us with his hands. The plan for redemption was Jesus.
Lay down his life. Verse 11, “ I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life down for the sheep” then again in verses 17 & 18, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” Jesus wasn’t forced to give up his life so that we can live, he did it of his own accord out of love for us.
Go in and out and find pasture. Finding pasture is a picture satisfaction, having all we need. Going in and out is a picture of freedom found in Christ.
Know and Be Known. Verse 17, “…I know my own and my own know me.” To know and be known by the Triune God. Jesus goes on to compare this knowing to the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Deep intimacy.
We have unity under the shepherd. “ So there will be one flock, one shepherd…” We are to be united as one together under Christ as our leader.
Jesus is our good shepherd and we are so desperately in need of his leading, salvation, intimacy, and unity. God has placed men in authority but we need to remember that the ultimate authority is always the Triune God and Jesus is the true Good Shepherd who we can trust to lead us into pastures that satisfy as we give our lives to him.
- Which characteristic of our Good Shepherd resonates most with you today?
- Where have human shepherds let you down and how can you give humans grace while trusting Jesus as your ultimate shepherd?
- In what ways have you seen the Good Shepherd work in your life?
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.