The Gospel writer John records the words of Jesus describing Himself as The Good Shepherd in John 10. Jesus uses a remarkable analogy that would have been totally familiar to those following Him through the Temple during the Feast of Dedication (aka Hanukkah and The Festival of Lights.)
Thinking about Jesus as The Good Shepherd, then it is important for Christians to clearly identify themselves as His sheep. “The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the <His> sheep” (vv. 10:11b,15). The Good Shepherd knows His own and His own know Him (v. 14). His sheep listen to His voice (v. 16) and they follow Him (v. 4,27). The ultimate promise from The Good Shepherd is recorded in verse 28: – “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” What a promise!
Praise God for Eternal Life Secured as one of Jesus’ sheep!