When Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) what does He mean? What makes a shepherd of the sheep, maybe even a faithful shepherd, a good shepherd? What characteristics or innate virtue qualifies them to be a Good Shepherd?
The answer is simple: Jesus said, “the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). In fact, this specific attribute is repeated four times in 8 verses just to emphasize this very fact (John 10:11, 15, 17, 18).
And Jesus goes one step further. He says in John 10:17: “Therefore My Father loves Me, (why) because I lay down My life that I may take it again.”
Don’t be caught sleeping— these statements by the Lord are deeply profound and life-changing. Want to know more? Then keep listening.
The following is a study on John 10:11-21.