What a Savior we have!
In John Chapter 6 we see Him as the Bread of Life! He bids us to feed on Him.
In John 8 He identifies Himself as great than Abraham.
In Chapter 9 he presents Himself as the Light of the World and illustrates it by healing a blind man!
Wow! What a Savior!
Moving on to Chapter 10 he refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd. His description sounds a lot like Psalm 23!
As a pastor friend of mine once declared, "When the Lord is your Shepherd - the future is your friend!" Here's why:
He Leads Us!
A hireling or a sheep rustler drives the sheep, but the Good Shepherd leads us. He leads us into the safety of His presence! He leads us into the security of His pasture! He leads us into the abundance of His truth. He speaks gently to us and calls us by name as He leads us. Think of that, the Good Shepherd knows your name!
He Loves Us!
A hireling or a rustler has no regard for the sheep. They mean nothing to them. To them the sheep are a necessary inconvenience. They lead the flock only for their own personal benfit. So when the sheep are threatened, they will flee to protect themselves. But the Good Shepherd loves His sheep. He provides for them. He protects them. He prays for them. He will give His life to save them. Think about that! You are loved by the Good Shepherd!
He leads us. He loves us. And:
He Laid Down His Life for Us.
Verse 10 sums up the desire of the Good Shepherd and the destiny of His sheep:
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full!"
To quote my friend - "When the Lord is your Shepherd, the future is your friend!"