Jesus is the Good Shepherd

John 10:11


Verse 11 – There are all kinds of shepherds, but Jesus is the good shepherd.  Matthew 24:3-5 –

3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5        For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 

Just because a person claims to be from God does not mean they are from God.  There are many deceivers in this world, even Satan has transformed himself into an angel of light, II Corinthians 11:14.

Jesus does more than “say” he is the good shepherd – he does something about it – he gives his life for the sheep.

A bad shepherd does not give his life for the sheep, but takes from the sheep – see verse 10.

Verse 12 – The hireling will flee when the sheep are in trouble, but the good shepherd will not flee, but will fight for the sheep.  Remember King David, who, when he was a shepherd, fought for the safety of his sheep?  He killed the lion and the bear, taking the lamb out of the mouth of the lion, and when he arose up against David, David slew him.  And David is a man after God’s own heart. 

The hireling flees because he has no vested interest in the sheep, but Jesus has a vested interest in his sheep because he lays down his life for them.  The hireling is hired to take care of the sheep, but he will not risk his life because he figures his life is more valuable than any amount of money he could earn.  But Jesus has given his word, and it is impossible for Christ to lie.  The hireling is a man, but Jesus is the God-man.  Jesus is fully God, yet fully man.  Jesus is the mediator between man and God, and he is more than an arbitrator, but he is the go-between.

The good shepherd leads his sheep as in Psalms 23:

1.  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6        Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 

John 10:16 – The good shepherd has other sheep that he will bring into the fold.  These are people that were not born when Jesus was upon this earth, but as time passes, these people are born and in process of time, the gospel is preached to them, and when they are saved, Jesus adds them to his fold. 

John 10:17,18 – Therefore doth my father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received of my Father.  The gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is the good news – and Jesus did all this for us, to save us from an eternal burning hell.  The good shepherd is full of power over his life and is full of power to make our lives successful and complete for him.