Who is Jesus?
John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
You don’t need to know them, you just need to know Him. Many Christians spend a lot of time on learning to discern spirits so that when the time comes they’ll know who it is that speaks to them. The best thing we can do though, is learn to hear the voice of Jesus.
The Good Shepherd said that those who are of His flock know His voice, that all the rest are strangers and we’ll know not to listen to them. The more time spent with Jesus, the more we’ll know His voice. We won’t need to practice knowing other voices so as not to listen to them, we just won’t listen to them because they’re not Him.
Only one died for His flock. Jesus laid down His life for us, the Son of God sacrificing Himself that those who belong to Him would know life. He laid down His life on His own authority and He took it back up on His own authority. That’s a voice worth listening to.
John 10:11-16 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
What’s your favorite metaphor that the Bible uses for the Church? Mine is a flock. The beautiful imagery of Jesus Christ as our Shepherd is hard not to love.
Just as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his flock, our Good Shepherd looks after us with affection and with the dedication of one who cares for His own. Some look at God as a distant deity, someone who just created things and then stepped back and doesn’t care what happens. On the contrary, though, the Father cares very much for His people.
He cares so much, in fact, that He appointed the Son over His flock, that we might be cared for in the very best manner possible. He’s even given Him the task of calling those who don’t belong to His flock to become part of it, that there might be just one flock, one united Church, under the headship of our loving Shepherd.
Do you know the Shepherd? Are you His?