I AM the Good Shepherd - May 9, 2021
Jesus said in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The metaphor of shepherd is a good one for understanding more about Jesus. Even though most people don’t understand a lot about sheep and shepherding, this metaphor provides insight into who Jesus is in His divine nature.
In Bible times, owning sheep was a major way people supported their families. It provided the livelihood for many house-holds. If you owned sheep, you had to protect them from preda-tors. When a sheepherder saw a wolf coming, rather than fleeing, they would have to fight back to protect the sheep.
Protecting a defense-less flock of sheep in an open field would in-volve sacrificing safety. An owner, whose entire livelihood was at stake, would take risks. On the other hand, an employee with only a day’s wage at stake would not.
Jesus uses this imagery to show us how much He loves and cares for us. He laid His life down to save our souls, He rose from the dead and conquered death to give us eternal life. He watches over us in this life and protects us from dangers on a daily basis. He truly is the good shepherd!
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