The Good Shepherd

John 10:1-5

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Shepherds and sheep have a very trusting relationship. The sheep trust the shepherd to lead them to find food, water, and shelter. The sheep trust them for protection from predators around them. Sheep run to their shepherds whenever they leave and return.

I grew up raising goats with my grandpa. I would walk out into the fields and have goats run up to me and rub against my legs like cats. I could sit down and they would climb into my lap like a dog. I would yell from the far fence and they all would come running to me and they trusted me.

Now I live beside sheep and whenever I walk over to the fence, they run away. The same would go whenever someone new would walk with me in the fields. My goats would run away because they didn't know the other person.

In our lives we have a shepherd, Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”

Jesus is the Good Shepherd in whom we can put our trust. He his the one who provides for us. He protects us from the evil one. He laid down his life so that we can have life. While thieves come to steal, kill and destroy, he gave us life and life to the fullest. Jesus is our protection and provider. Will you allow him to come into your life?

Reflect

  1. Do you believe that Jesus is the Good shepherd? 
  2. What does it mean knowing that Jesus lays down his life for us?

Pray

God, we thank you for your guidance in our lives. I pray that we can allow you to be a protector and provider in our everyday lives. God, in you we lack nothing. Amen 

Clay Merriman, May 29, 2020
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