The Parable of the Shepherd
John 10:1-18 “Truly, truly I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out. 4 When he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them. And the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.5 Yet they will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him. For they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was telling them.
Jesus the Good Shepherd
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 But he who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and runs away. So the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because he is a hired hand and does not care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and am known by My own.15 Even as the Father knows Me, so I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also bring them, and they will hear My voice. There will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I received this command from My Father.”
Jesus, the "Good Shepherd" who gave His life for the sheep.
In calling Himself the "Good Shepherd" Jesus is declaring His goodness and His righteousness.
In calling Himself "Shepherd of the sheep" Jesus is declaring that He is the one who protects His defenseless sheep who are always at risk of danger or attack.
As the "Shepherd of the Sheep" Jesus keep His eyes on the flock as He leads, guides and nurture them along the way He is leading them.
Jesus is the "Good Shepherd' who gave His life for you and I. It was His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. He is the only acceptable "Sacrifice" God willfully accepted for the atoning of man's sin.
Here is what Jesus says about His "sheep" in John 10:27- My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
The "Sheep" are those who have accepted God's grace and mercy that is offered through Christ Jesus by faith.
I declare on today that I am one of Christ "sheep." One who listens for His voice, one who knows His voice and one who follows Him.
What about you? Can you make this declaration on today that you too are a "sheep of Christ and that you know His voice and He alone you follows?
Is this your declaration on today? if not, why not?
The "sacrifice" needed to "save" you and I from being separated from the "Good Shepherd" has already been paid once and for all at the cross, therefore, all you have to do is "believe" by "faith" for Jesus says that "all things are possible to them that "believe". But, without "faith" it is impossible to please God!
Whose sheep are you? Who is leading you? Who are you following?
Jesus "sheep" knows Him and follow Him.
Jesus is the only entrance "door" to God the Father, therefore, enter therein.