I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives
his life for the sheep.
These word signs afford us the opportunity of beholding who Jesus is. Every one of these signs are profoundly revealing of who He is. John 10:11 makes it clear that Jesus is the Good Shepherd of the sheep. These sheep are all of us. We are the focus of His love and interest. It is ours to celebrate the Good Shepherd and His love for us. Jesus says I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly. This is what Jesus is about. I am convinced that He is leading me into a way of a blessed life even if I cannot clearly see it. This is what He desires for me. I am to agree with it and be led into it by the Good Shepherd.
This text is rich in imagery. It clearly shows Jesus’ care and concern for us. He makes it clear to us in spite of our personal history and the events of our lives we are valued. In John 10:10-16 Jesus makes it clear that He is no hired hand. It is very personal with Him. He watches over His sheep. The question could be asked, Why such a powerful attachment? The reason is that we are His. He will not abandon us no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
Jesus talks about the wolf and how awful it is. I believe that the wolf is sin and death. He reassures us that in the face of the wolf, He will not flee. Jesus goes on to say that He will lay down His life for His sheep. In the face of our great enemy, sin and death, Jesus did not flinch. It is made plain by Him that there is provision, security, care, and guidance for us. This text is speaking about eternal issues. In this matter Jesus wants to secure us and let us know that His arms are around us. He assures us that He will lay down His life and kill the wolf. How did this happen by Jesus dying on the cross? He took upon himself all our sins and endured God’s wrath and judgement. What He did makes no sense except for love which took Him there.
It is hard to believe that anything could be better than this. It was meant to turn the world upside down, to change the course of nations as well as individuals. The marvelous truth that God himself would place himself on the cross to destroy the wolf and absolutely reassure us and secure our hearts to trust in what He has done. This thing that Jesus has done is cross-generational, it is cross-cultural, and it is timeless. We can trust in the Good Shepherd. We can trust not only in what Jesus has done, but who Jesus is.