Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
John 10:14 (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—”
John 10:14 (MSG)
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me.”
“I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]” -AMPLIFIED
Jesus, Himself, declared that He was the Good Shepherd. We have spent the last few days looking at the fact that He was The Lamb, but now we will see that He is also the shepherd. Not just any shepherd, but The Good Shepherd.
John, the writer of the book, pointedly writes the words of Jesus in such a way that we have no doubt that Jesus knows whose is His and vice versa. “I know my sheep and my sheep know me!” This is a deep mutual relationship; much like the relationship between the Father and His Son.
John Gill shares these thoughts on this passage: “Christ has an universal, special, distinct, and exact knowledge of all his sheep, as they are the choice of his Father, as his Father’s gift to him; and as his own purchase; he bears an affectionate love to them, and takes special care of them; indulges them with intimate communion with himself; and owns and acknowledges them as his, both here and hereafter.”
John, the Beloved, spends much time on the symbolism of Jesus as the Good Shepherd; for Jesus is the Caretaker of God’s children. The title of shepherd conveys a whole lot of duty and responsibility. No worries though, Jesus is up to the job.
Jesus told His listeners in John 10:27 this: “The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.” -(AMP)
Peter, the Apostle, reminds us that once we were lost sheep, having no idea which way to go. But then Jesus found us. “You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.” -1 Peter 2:25 (MSG)
The Good Shepherd does whatever needs to be done in order that the sheep may be safe. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep in His care. The hired hand is not like the shepherd caring for His own sheep. When a wolf attacks, snatching and scattering the sheep, he runs for his life, leaving them defenseless. The hired hand runs because he works only for wages and does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me. As the Father knows Me, I know the Father; I will give My life for the sheep. There are many more sheep than you can see here, and I will bring them as well. They will hear My voice, and the flock will be united. One flock. One shepherd. The Father loves Me because I am willing to lay down My life—but I will take it up again. My life cannot be taken away by anybody else; I am giving it of My own free will. My authority allows Me to give My life and to take it again. All this has been commanded by My Father.” -John 10:11-18 (VOICE)
The Good Shepherd is watching over you and taking care of you. He leads you in the paths that you need to go in and provides for your every need. (Read Psalm 23)He realizes that as sheep we are defenseless and dependent on Him. He would have it no other way. He knows that we tend to wander off and get in to all sorts of trouble, but He still loves us. He is willing to leave the 99 to go look for the one who has traipsed off alone headed for trouble.
Take time today to give thanks and praise to The Good Shepherd who is always watching over you.
“Now may the God of peace, who brought the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, back from the dead through the blood of the new everlasting covenant, perfect you in every good work as you work God’s will. May God do in you only those things that are pleasing in His sight through Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, to whom we give glory always and forever. Amen.” -Hebrews 13:20-21 (VOICE)
Thank you Good Shepherd for always being there for me; watching over me and caring for me. You lead me beside those still waters. You protect and provide for me. In fact, I know without a shadow of a doubt that you would do whatever needed to be done to save me from ; for you laid down your very life for me once before. Help me to be in tune to your voice so that I am obediently following you wherever you may lead me. Help me to be pleasing in your sight, Oh Lord, I pray.