The Good Shepherd

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“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” - John 10:11

The 10th chapter of the Gospel of John has long been a comforting passage to children of God. Here, Jesus is revealed to us as the Good Shepherd and we are revealed as ignorant sheep. Most of us know that sheep need a shepherd. They cannot take care of themselves on their own. The same can be said for children of God. We must have Christ if we are to serve Him in this life and reach Heaven in the next. This portion of the Gospel of John has many lessons. Hopefully, today we can grasp a few.
Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”. This is the basis of the whole passage. Without this, we cannot understand any of the beauty in our text. For man to have fellowship with God, he must approach God through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6). There is no other path into fellowship with the Father (Acts 4:12).
The sheep know and follow the Good Shepherd. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” (John 10:14). The sheep are not left in the dark. The Good Shepherd lovingly brings them into the fold by giving them the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8). Then, they willingly submit to His Lordship. Saved people love Jesus and saved people follow Jesus.
One of the greatest points in this passage is that the Good Shepherd, Jesus, has actually taken our place. He said, “…and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:15). When Jesus came, He paid the penalty of our sins. We are eternally free because the Good Shepherd laid down His life for us, the sheep. We are free from the wrath of God because Jesus willingly took that on our behalf!
Even more, we are secure in His work. He goes on to say, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). The Good Shepherd will not lose any sheep. What comfort this must be to all those who are trusting in Christ alone for salvation! Jesus is able to secure us and He does so. Not only that, but the Father, Who is over all, has us in His hand. He is holding the entire world in His hand and yet we cannot slip through His fingers!
Child of God, pause at this very moment and thank the Lord that He is the Good Shepherd. Thank Him that He paid your debt. Thank Him that He lovingly drew you into the fold. Thank Him that He is securing you by His work alone. Daily praise Him for being the Good Shepherd Who saves and protects His sheep!

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