In the last post it was established that Jesus was using a parable about sheep and shepherds to teach a life lesson focusing on the gate to a sheep fold. Today, we focus on the shepherd as Jesus declares: “I AM the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
Good shepherd indicates there are others who may not be so good. He goes on to explain that anyone other than the shepherd will most likely run away in the face of danger rather than protecting the flock. After all, they’re just hired hands, the sheep do not belong to them. Therefore, they would not risk their own lives to save them. But the shepherd to whom the sheep belong WILL risk his life for them.
In contrast to a hired hand paid to do a job. Jesus came voluntarily to give His life.
We know on this side of the cross that the implication was that He was going to be the sacrifice for the sin of the world, the sin of the people then within hearing distance, the sin of you and me today.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Remember, the Jewish people of that time knew about the sacrificial system. The regulations that had been set in motion by God Himself after delivering Israel from the bondage of Egypt. Written about in the books of Exodus and Leviticus. Now this man called Jesus is saying that He was going to give up his life as the sacrifice for sin for His people to do away with the sacrificial system. With His sacrifice it would no longer be needed. This would be AN ASTOUNDING declaration to be heard by the Jewish People.
The Good Shepherd would become the Lamb of sacrifice on the altar to save all who are lost in sin.
Which covers us all. For “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:10,23
The Good Shepherd is willing to do whatever it will take to save and secure His flock. Even if it meant hanging on a cross until death overtook him and he was laid in a tomb. Because HE knew – HE knew death had no power over Him. He would not remain in the tomb but would rise up in new life to do the same for those who come to God by Him.
And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. I Corinthians 16:4
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. II Corinthians 13:4
Jesus, The GOOD SHEPHERD. My Shepherd. I hope he is yours as well for no other will do for you what He has done.
Bold, audacious and astounding declarations made by Jesus? Absolutely! More wondrously – HE HAS delivered on each one.
Still 3 more declarations to look at. Until next time may the joy of the Lord be your strength.