Jesus: The Good Shepherd
In his life, Jesus had no doubt who he was and he shows this understanding by using a series of “I am” statements found in John’s gospel. My favorite and, for me, the most impactful “I am” statement used by Jesus is, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11).
This “I am” statement when read alongside what Jesus said in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1:7) changed my relationship with him. Through the parable, the reader sees a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then forgives them. This is the kind of love that brought Jesus to earth to search for lost people and save them. I don’t know about you, but I have been lost many times in my life and am so grateful that I have a Good Shepherd who is willing to come after me and find me. But not only is this Good Shepherd willing to find me, this Good Shepherd loves me with such a great love that he is willing to lay down his life for me. That is a life changing love and that is the kind of love that Jesus has for you and for me.
So, what sin are you lost in? Is there an addiction you can’t beat? Is there an inappropriate relationship in your life? Perhaps it’s your pride. Whatever it is, you don’t have to hide from Jesus. You don’t have to be lost any longer. Cry out and let the Good Shepherd hear you. Find rest in His grace, mercy, and love for you.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found.” – John Newton “Amazing love, how can it be? That you, my King, would die for me.” – Billy James Foote