Jesus Is The “Good Shepherd”

Some of the metaphors and examples Jesus used in His teaching can be hard for us to understand, through they would have made complete sense to Jesus’ first hearers. Jesus as the Good Shepherd is one such metaphor. When He refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd. His listeners would have pictured a shabbily dressed, possibly smelly man who went all-out for his flock. A shepherd was dedicated to His sheep both personally and professionally; the sheep were his constant companions and His livelihood.

A good shepherd cares for his sheep: he finds pastures with lush green grass that will provide the nutrients they need to be healthy; he anoints their wounds with oil to foster quick healing; he protects from the elements and from predators.

A good shepherd also knows his sheep; he nicknames them and knows their particularities; he watches them and knows if they’re acting strangely or if they wander off; he provides for them individually exactly what they need as they age and develop.

That is our Good Shepherd. He doesn’t have a superficial or half-hearted interest in us. No, Jesus is completely committed to is , caring for us, knowing us, leading is, and laying down His own life for us. Between continuing His existence without us and facing certain death, Jesus chose death. That’s how much He loves us.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

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