John 10:16 – April 25, 2021

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:16 NABRE           

Jesus provides a narrative about being the Good Shepherd. Jesus is called by many names and has many roles. Being a shepherd is a key role, particularly in the times Jesus taught. The shepherd is responsible for the sheep, leading them to food, safety and security. The shepherd is a very humble job, usually the smallest boy in the family will be responsible for the flock. At the same time the shepherd is critical to the safety of the flock, simply seeing their shepherd the sheep are calmed and feeling secure. Jesus claims He is the Good Shepherd, He knows His flock and calls each by name. Jesus has a flock as He lives His public life, followers who are with Him always and in His care. Jesus also indicates that He will be a Good Shepherd into eternity. Others will come to Jesus who are not in His flock at the moment and He will be their shepherd, they will hear His voice and follow Jesus. 

At the time of this saying there are only a handful who follow Jesus. Today estimates indicate over two million look to Jesus as their shepherd. All these people are part of the one flock, using Jesus message as guidance to live. Each called to love others and do the will of the Father. Jesus desires a unity of believers and it is why every good pastor today points to Jesus as the Good Shepherd. A pastor is a local shepherd, anointed by the Spirit to represent Jesus the Good Shepherd. In the end all belong to Jesus who leads and speaks to them in a small quiet voice. If you are a pastor, a follower or someone curious about Jesus, He is a Shepherd who cares for you and will call you by name eternally!  

Do you follow the Good Shepherd? Do you help call those not following Jesus today?

All belong to Jesus who leads and speaks in a small quiet voice. If you are a pastor, a follower or someone curious about Jesus, He is a Shepherd who cares for you and will call you by name eternally! Click To Tweet

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