I AM ... The Good Shepherd | John 10:11-12
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
A person values what is his, what he has worked and sacrificed for. The owner of a business has a deep appreciation for his company. He is willing to work long hours and make sacrifices that his employees may not be willing to make. Jesus used this same principle to demonstrate the depth of his care and love for us.
The hired hand, Jesus said, is there for the position and the pay. So when trouble comes, he quickly abandons the sheep in order to save himself. The sheep are left vulnerable to the enemies attack. But this does not happen with the Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd knows, loves, and cares for his sheep. When the enemy comes, he stays to protect willing if need be to die for them. And, in fact, that is exactly what Jesus did. There was nothing that could save us from death and hell except his sacrifice. So he willingly gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for us. How will you respond today to such love?
Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Good Shepherd. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Lord, by your Spirit, help me to demonstrate today my gratitude for such a great love. In your name I pray. Amen.