I AM the Good Shepherd
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
A good shepherd will lead his sheep to the water hole and grazing grounds while protecting them from danger. The shepherd cares about all his sheep and will do anything to ensure that each sheep is taken care of and safe. If trouble arises, a good shepherd will risk his own life to protect the sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and will protect us, guide us, and provide for us. He watches over us even when we are unaware of the danger. He provides for us when we are in hunger. He guides us to avoid danger and to lead us to where we will be blessed. In the New Testament, Jesus gives a parable about a Good Shepherd that cared about each of his sheep, even the one lost sheep, and took time to search and bring it back to the fold. This parable shows us that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, cares about us individually. He loved us so much that He gave His life, not just for the whole world, but for you so that we can live. Today, you may be thinking that no one cares about your life, but the Good Shepherd does. He wants to be involved in our lives and wants us to be familiar with His voice.
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