I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. This is a sharp contrast to the thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). We are His sheep and He continually watches over us. As members of His flock, we are promised protection, provision, and privilege. Although Christ will never leave one of His sheep alone, each one of them must be mindful of its master’s voice so that it does not stray far from the flock.
Christ, as your shepherd, enjoys being involved in your life. If you are stressed and tired, He directs you to “green pastures” and lies you down by “quiet streams” (Psalms 23:3). In the midst of turmoil and danger, His “rod and staff” will comfort you (Psalms 23:4).
Greater than this was the shepherd’s willingness to lay down His life for your freedom (John 10:17). Where friends and family fail you, Christ has already stood victoriously. Even while you were yet a sinner, Christ died for your sins (Rom 5:8). When life becomes hectic and no one remains on your side, take comfort in the protection of your shepherd. Above all else, stay close to the flock and within earshot of your master. It is only here that you will ultimately experience the greatest security. You are a valued possession to your master; never forget it!