Date: May 14, 2014 10:38 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11
Scripture Focus: Psalm 23; John 10:11-13
Why would any shepherd willingly die to save the flock he's watching over? They are, after all, only sheep. If we think about it, it sounds absurd. Only a shepherd of remarkable courage and benevolence would so commit himself, even to his own death. Such a selfless shepherd would act so devotedly because he knows the importance of the one who owns the sheep.
The answer to the question, of course, is that Jesus is no ordinary shepherd. He is God. He is the Good Shepherd. From eternity past, God the Father entrusted every precious believing soul to the Son. The Son honors the Father in His perfect care of and sacrifice for the Father's flock.
While He was with them, the Good Shepherd protected them and kept them safe, losing none except the one destined to be lost (John 17:12). Yet His greatest act of love and devotion would be His own obedient death for their sakes - for our sakes. We are those sheep! Through it He did what no one else could do; He secured our safety and peace for all eternity.
Insight: The Gospel is beautiful not because of the sheep but because of the Good Shepherd. our worth is due entirely to Him.
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