In yesterday’s post we focused on The Shepherd, thinking of Him as described in Psalm 23. Today let us focus on “the good shepherd,” as Jesus described Himself in John 10.
Of course, the shepherd in Psalm 23 was good, so from who or what was Jesus trying to distinguish Himself in John 10? Basically, everyone else.
Human shepherds (that is, spiritual leaders) can never be 100% good because they are as human as those they are tending. Only God Himself is 100% good and therefore capable of properly keeping watch over the flock.
I myself was a pastor for 15 years. As sincere as I was in my efforts, I could never be the shepherd that people needed. Even when my ministry could satisfy someone, it was usually only a matter of time before they themselves deemed it unsatisfactory in some way. This was my fault, you say? I agree. That’s my point. There was a time when God used human shepherds (that is, for ancient Israel in the Old Testament and for the church in the New Testament), but since then the kingdom of God has come and He Himself is the shepherd. And He is good.
Jesus famously said, “No one is good but God alone.” Jesus is God. Jesus said He was a shepherd. Hence, the only truly good shepherd is Jesus.
Let’s follow the good shepherd, and not human counterfeits.
Bible notes on this post.
See also the post Call on His Name, which includes a listing of other names of the Lord.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.