“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
A shepherd is simply a person who tends sheep. There are two kinds of shepherds: good shepherds and bad shepherds.
Beloved, Jesus Christ is the good shepherd; He gave a deeper meaning to the kind of shepherd He is. Jesus Christ’s kind of shepherding involves giving His life for the sheep (John 10:18).
No wonder there is the definite article “the” preceding the adjective and noun “good shepherd,” meaning that He is the Model Shepherd (1 Peter 2:25, Psalms 23:1–6).
The sheep represent human beings. Thus, Jesus Christ demonstrated His love for the sheep by sacrificing Himself on the cross to redeem mankind from sin and oppression of the devil (Romans 6:10).
Beloved, to appreciate the work that He did for us is to accept Him as Lord and personal Savior and live a life of total submission and commitment to Him. This will make Him happy, and His sacrifice would not have been in vain.
He also expects us to shepherd and care for one another so that the world can testify that we are His children. Therefore, be a good shepherd to others.