The Good Shepherd

The Lord Jesus is described as a shepherd three times in the New Testament. He is described first of all as the Good Shepherd in John 10:11 when He says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”

To guard against predators, a shepherd will sleep at the door, or gate, of the sheepfold. His sheep mean everything to him. They are his livelihood. Even when he sleeps, it will be with one eye open so he can be awakened at even the slightest hint of danger.

Nails didn’t hold Jesus to the cross. Silver cords of love and golden bonds of redemption held Jesus Christ to that cross. A shepherd may kill one of his sheep because he is hungry and wants food, but who ever heard of a shepherd dying for a sheep? And yet Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd that lays down His life for the sheep.”


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  1. Funny how God brings things into your life when He wants to make a point. I’m not sure of His point yet, but yours is the third time God has brought the subject of Jesus being the Good Shepherd before my eyes in two days. Okay – so I’m listening! 🙂 Long ago I read a book by Phillip Keller, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.” I’ve thought of it all three times. I think I’ll read it again. Along with Psalm 23 and probably the full passage in John 10.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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