In this passage Jesus depicts Himself as the Good Shepard, a term and a reference that would carry such significance that we are still unpacking it today finding great insight and beauty in it. As He reveals some of the dynamics of Himself He is challenged by His opposition, a trend that seems to be a constant in His life.
There are complexities in these passages that share great insights, these are some great passages to meditate on.
John 10 <— Link Here
There is a common trait of those that are walking with Jesus, they’re gentle. When you’re around them you feel like they listen and are aware of your heart. You may never have an opportunity to hear what’s going on in their lives as you seem to spill your guts when in their presence.
Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, for my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”
The very nature of our Shepard is gentleness and tenderness. He welcomes us with open arms taking care of our wounds, keeping back the wolves.
In John chapter 10 Jesus sets in place an open invitation for everyone who would ever read or hear His words. Many heard and have humbled themselves and have drawn near.
Many others never humbled themselves and put themselves under the hand of the kind and understanding Shepard. And that is what differs many fans of Christianity from the Children of God. Will you humble yourself and let Jesus be your Shepard? That is where the peace and joy lies. That is where your rightful place is in the Kingdom of God. That is where your victory is.
Let us do what it takes today to re-invite Jesus to be our Shepard. Let us make Him the Lord over all the facets of our lives. Let’s let His gentle hand rest over us, speaking love and eternal life over us. This is His heart toward us.