The Good Shepherd, Geri Moffatt

“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.” - John 10: 14-15

One of the most descriptive images of Jesus in the book of John is that of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Jesus uses the metaphor that he is the shepherd and we are his sheep. We know that sheep are animals that are easily frightened, defenseless, and dependent. They need someone to watch over them and care for them. A shepherd is a person who takes care of sheep providing the guidance and protection to keep them from harm.

Jesus is concerned with the welfare and the care of his sheep. He loves us, he takes care of us, and he makes sure we have everything we need. If Jesus is our master, we will know his voice and will do what he wants us to do. To avoid being lead astray, we must recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd by knowing the Word of God.

As the Good Shepherd, Jesus leads us in the right direction and keeps us safe. The shepherd always wants what is best for his sheep. He leads them into green pastures where they have plenty to eat. He leads them to water so that they have plenty to drink. He leads them to the shelter where they will be safe from the storm.

Jesus loves us and wants what is best for us. He knows everything there is to know about you. He knows your every strength and every weakness. He knows every joy and every burden. He knows every mountain and every valley. He knows every victory and every battle and he stands ready to help you in your time of need. He came so that we could have life and have it abundantly. We will, if we listen to his voice and follow him.

Thank you, Jesus, for being the Good Shepherd, for loving us and watching over us until we are safely in your fold living with you forever. Amen

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