John 10:11-14 says” I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me
When I was a little girl the first verse my mother taught me and my sisters was Psalm 23, I remember her telling us that anytime we need comfort to quote this verse. When I would have nightmares I quoted this verse not knowing exactly what it meant or how it would bring comfort but I believed what my mother told us.
When I became a little older I soon learned the meaning of Psalm 23 and still to this day if I have a night mare I will wake up from the dream and quote this scripture, and by the time I am done I feel the presence of the Lord right next to me and I am able to lay my head back down and go to sleep.
John shares with us how the good shepherd Jesus laid down His life for us and how He protects us. There are many other verses in the bible that talks about the good shepherd. What I love about the good shepherd is that no matter how many times I miss the mark if I happen to go down a wrong path His staff He uses to bring me back.
Have you ever thought about the Rod and Staff? The rod was use to discipline to carry God’s message and the staff which has the hook pulls us back when we wander away. Oh family, we better thank God for being our Good Shepherd and thank Him for that Rod and Staff. We should all go back and read Psalm 23 and mediate on it.