Jesus gave a guarantee that He is the guardian of our souls and the good shepherd.
John 10 took place in winter, celebrating the dedication of the second temple that was built. In midst of this situation, Jesus stated that He is a good shepherd. The term 'shepherd' in the old covenant is equated with God (YAHWE = shepherd in the book of Psalms). Previously, Jesus has revealed who He was, He said: I am the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Door, and the fourth -- The Good Shepherd.
What are the implications when Jesus says "I am the good shepherd"?  Jesus loves me (John 10: 11-13)
Jesus claimed He gave His life, as a ransom sacrifice for His "sheep". Humans always desire to be loved and accepted. Jesus voluntarily sacrificed Himself for you and me, sinful people, who have gone astray and are not looking for God.  Jesus knows me (John 10: 14-16)
Jesus knows us and our lives, the whereabouts of His sheep and what is happening to it. He cares about us and our lives. In midst of this COVID 19 situation, some are laid off from work, some are lying sick, businesses are destroyed, some are ignorant of the future, some plans are failing altogether, and so on. Does God know how worried and broken our lives are right now? Yes! He knows  Jesus protects me (John 10: 17-18)
Jesus spoke of people who had entrusted themselves to Christ, and He provided assurance and protection (not just in this life but forever).
There are three relationships that we can pay attention to here: Loving, Living, and Lasting relationship with Jesus! Nothing can separate us from Him.
How deeply do you know the Shepherd? The more we know Him personally, the more we will understand the Great Shepherd! Maybe we know that Jesus is our Shepherd, but HOW do you know? May God bless and we draw closer to Him.
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