In the account of Jesus' life written by John, Jesus declared that he was the "good shepherd." This was the fourth of seven metaphors he used to establish his identity to those with whom he spoke. The sheep/shepherd imagery is the most common used in the bible to describe the relationship between God and his people and God's leaders and his people.
Christ drew a clear contrast between Israel's leaders of his day and before and himself. He compared them to hired hands that cared nothing for the sheep but rather used them to their advantage. Jesus however, proved himself good in that he laid his life down for the sheep, of which we are all one.
I don't like to think of myself as a sheep but it helps remind me how utterly helpless and defenseless I am without God's protection. An upside to accepting my "sheepness" is a deeper and more emotional appreciation for Jesus being my good shepherd. I hear God saying this: TP and Kevin, I really want you to get this. Knowing something intellectually versus having a confident assurance on the inside are two entirely different things, aren't they? Here's to taking one baby step at a time toward the light...
There is so much more to this week’s I Am statement that we were able to cover at our service yesterday. For a much more comprehensive and substantial study, see the commentary below and this week’s featured resource. I look forward to being together Saturday night at “Lift,” our evening of worship. It should be one great time together!
I am the Good Shepherd Commentary
—Bible Knowledge Commentary