As we continue the series by Lysa Terkeust we come to read the next thing Jesus tells his disciples and others. “I am the good shepherd” The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” ( John 10:14-18 NIV)
Lysa tells us as we dig deeper into the Greek word of good in John 10:14, we find that it is not simply the opposite of bad. This specific word kalos also holds the connotation of noble, honorable, worthy. It points us to a sense of awe that suggest Christ is not just good, but He is captivating and deserves praise. As we consider what the Good and Great Shepherd does, we can be encouraged in knowing that He is the perfect shepherd we are His sheep are drawn to follow. Not only is Jesus the Good Shepherd who gives and lays down His life for his people, but He is also the Gate for the people of God to access and enter into the presence of God. Jesus gives us access to the Father so that we can live in intimacy and relationship with Him. Perhaps you feel like you are wandering this world with no shepherd, no one to guide or invest in you. Please know that Jesus himself wants to be your Shepherd. And not just any shepherd—but the Good Shepherd.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends