Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd to describe how He leads His flock. This name is significant because, again, it connects Jesus with Old Testament teachings. Jesus is described in Psalm 23. But what is a good shepherd?
What is a Good Shepherd?
Let’s look at what would be considered a bad shepherd. A bad one will allow the sheep to wander. He allows the sheep to graze in bad fields doesn’t make sure they have water. He doesn’t watch for predators and allows them to get too close to the sheep. It is clear that he doesn’t care about the welfare of his sheep.
But Jesus is the Good Shepherd. When a sheep strays, He searches until He finds it and is clearly happy when He does. He listens for predators, and protects His flock. Jesus leads the sheep to abundant pastures and, according to Psalm 23, He also leads them to still waters and He gently guides His flock that willingly follows. Jesus, the Good Shepherd finds happiness in how well, we, His sheep are doing.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ~ John 10:11
Are You Under His Protection?
Jesus promises that anyone that accepts Him as the Good Shepherd will be protected in His fold. His sheep hear His voice, follow His direction and know that they are under His protection.
Jesus is shepherding you. He is attentive, aware, caring, and involved in your every moment. He’s also pursuing those who may have strayed from the flock or has yet to join the fold. If you are not under Jesus’ protection, ask Him into your heart and you will begin to hear His direction.
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