Why Is Jesus Called The Good Shepherd In The Bible?

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Jesus called himself the good shepherd in John 10. He likens himself to a shepherd who protects his flock from wild animals, provides them with food and finds those missing. But what makes Jesus the good shepherd? Let’s find out from the Bible.

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Why Is Jesus Called The Good Shepherd

In John 10:11-18, Jesus spoke these words. 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 — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father” (John 10:11-18).

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Shepherd performs some functions which Jesus does the same. They feed the flock, they also shelter them and protect them from wild animals. Jesus came first to rescue people from the chains of sin. He preached salvation, healed the sick and personally moved about saving people who needed help. He also fed a multitude and saved a woman who was about to be stoned to death. In all these, Jesus is directly performing the function of a Shepherd.

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