I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD
TEXT: JOHN 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
This is the fourth “I AM” statement found in John’s gospel. Jesus is revealing His character and nature to us through these “I AM” statements. As we have seen when He said, “I AM” He was equating Himself with Jehovah God. Here He says that He is the “good” shepherd also indicating that He is God. Matthew 19:17 says, “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep my commandments.” The bible teaches that every man is a sinner so when Jesus said that He was good He was saying He was intrinsically good. He was really God in the flesh. The good shepherd dies for the sheep. The good shepherd had a mission and that was to give His life for us. In the Old Testament sheep were sacrificed to God as a sacrifice for sins. The sheep would have to die for the shepherd. However, Jesus ,the shepherd ,died for the sheep. The phrase, “for the sheep” means instead of. He died in our place. The good shepherd devotes himself to the sheep. The enemy comes to kill and to steal and to destroy. The good shepherd came to give us an abundant life. He has completely devoted Himself to us. He protects, provides, and preserves us till the day of our redemption. Everything we receive comes from Him and without Him we can do nothing He has a 100% commitment to us. Are we devoted to Him? The good shepherd directs his sheep. He knows us by name and we hear His voice. We follow Him as He leads us into green pastures. He is the one who brings us to the still waters that we may drink of Him and quench our spiritual thirst. He leads us through the valley and through the storm. He brings joy and peace in the midst of turmoil. This poor lost world’s shepherd is the devil and miserable souls they are. They are held captive to his will. However, God’s grace has given us a shepherd who died for us, who is devoted to us, and directs us in the paths of righteousness. We may regret many choices in life, but we will never regret the day when the LORD became our shepherd.
Spend some time this week thanking God for dying for you. Spend some time reflecting on how He is devoted to you. Spend time thinking about where He is directing you. What does the Shepherd want to do in and through you?
Only one life to live and soon will past. Only what is done for Christ will last.