Who is the good shepherd? What is a good shepherd? In the gospel of John, Jesus says that He good shepherd who will lay down His life for the life of His sheep. Jesus then authenticates his position by saying that He is the “true shepherd”. He says “I know my sheep and my sheep know me. The sheep know my voice”. The false shepherd would disguise themselves to get through the gate or some other way to be in the pen with the fold.
The chief objective of the false shepherd was to kill or destroy. When trouble came, since his concern was for himself, he would run and leave the fold behind. The good shepherd was able to keep his sheep together and protect them from danger. If sheep got injured he would care for them. At night, the shepherd would lay down in front of the door on the inside of the pen so that no one could get in or get out. He would do all that he could to care for his sheep. Let it be known, only God is able to follow through completely with EVERY promise He tells us.
The bible gives us insight into the curing of the world and society of the sickness of sin. God reconciles ALL people back to Him and to each other. God’s sheep RECEIVE Jesus as the “God-man” as the sheep REFLECT Jesus’ claim to deity.
The true shepherd is calling – are you listening?