John 10:11 says; “I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:14 says; “I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and I am known of mine.”
Awesome verses! I often hear people say “God is good”. Well He is! All three in one are good (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). These two verses focuses on “Jesus”, the Son of God as the “Good Shepherd”. He called himself the good shepherd and refers to those who follow him as his sheep. I love the thought that he knows me. Isn’t that comforting? We don’t have to try to impress God, to prove to Him that we are sincere or need to explain our motives and intentions. Nope, He’s got us all figured out. In fact, He knows us more than we know ourselves.
The flip side to this thought is that the sheep also knows the shepherd. He knows his voice and he trusts him completely. Consider the literal sheep, the animal. Did you know that it can recogonise the voice of the shepherd? It is a beauty to see a shepherd communicating and leading his sheep. Jesus used this great illustration when He described himself as “The Shepherd” and His followers as “His Sheep”.
Another characteristic of good shepherds is that they are protectors, they would risk their lives to protect their sheep. The Good Shepherd did just that, He subjected himself to a gruesome death on the cross to protect all men from the snare of the evil one, Satan. He died to protect us form eternal death and separation from God.
This Poster is a reminder of this beautiful characteristic and nature of Christ. He is good and He is pure. Righteousness flows from His veins, He loves us unconditionally and his grace extends to us daily. His goodness is overwhelming. As a good shepherd, He would lead us to the green pastures where we can be fed, He would protect us from all evil and no matter how far we may drift, He would always be caring enough to beckon us with his voice to come back to the flock. He is “The Good Shepherd” and it shows.