“When Jesus says, ‘I am the Good Shepherd,’ he’s saying something unflattering about us, but he’s saying something essential about himself.” In today’s Take Five, Sam Allberry discusses how Jesus’ claim to be our “Good Shepherd” is surprisingly controversial and perhaps a little insulting at first.
God repeatedly says that, spiritually, the animal we are most like is a sheep. It’s why Jesus makes this claim: “I am the good shepherd.”
The shepherd is everything to the sheep: the shepherd provides for them, the shepherd leads them, the shepherd protects them, the shepherd cares for them. And so when Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd,” He is saying He can be everything that we need.
Jesus is so committed to us that He was willing to face a death He says that we deserve.
Make it Personal
Have you ever stopped to consider how unflattering it is to be called a “sheep?” And have you allowed yourself to be truly humbled in considering the implications of this?
How might we translate the idea of Jesus being the “Good Shepherd” in our modern day to our neighbors around us?