In John 10:1-10, Jesus taught that He is the protector – the Door of the sheepfold. The One who protects the sheep from dangers outside the door, prevents dangers from entering in the door and guards the sheep to keep them from wandering away.
In John 10:11, Jesus continues to clarify who He is, and how He is different from the religious leaders who came before Him. Jesus compared His role, and the role of the hired man.
Jesus explained the attitude of the hired man.
- He cares more for the salary he receives, than he cares for the flock. His effort toward the sheep is based on his pay or reward for doing the job.
- He is not committed to the well-being of the sheep. In the face of danger, the hired man will run away to preserve his own safety, and leave the sheep unprotected and without a leader.
- He is not careful to search out the best grazing pasture, the best water for drinking or the safest place for the sheep to lie down and rest.
- He does not spend time building a trusting relationship with the sheep, so he does not have a good understanding of what to expect from the sheep. The flock does not respond to his voice, because he is not their real leader.
But Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
- He seeks a relationship with His sheep.
- He reveals Himself to them so that they know His voice …. and His character.
- He provides His best for His sheep. They are not left to wander into dangerous paths, because He works through the Holy Spirit to guide them into the truth.
- Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life for His sheep.
- His sheep will follow only Him.
Are you following the Good Shepherd? The evidence is in your attitude, your thought life, your conduct and your conversation. Lamentations 3:20 urges us, saying, “Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the LORD.” (NASB)
The King is coming! Get ready!