“I lay down my life for the sheep”

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 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. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 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.”

NIV John 10:14-18; KJV John 10:14-18

Yes, he  laid down His life for us! Yes, He knew that it will be so, but He did it because He loves us and because the Father commanded it! He rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father. Yes, He takes care of His sheep! Listen to His voice. Seek His Love and Grace. Apart from Him you can never be truly complete. That missing “thing” you’ve been searching for and can’t seem to find it, is His presence in your life.

Read John 10

Good Shepherd

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6 thoughts on ““I lay down my life for the sheep”

  1. Again, it’s symbolism and a question of one’s perception. It’s not about herding. It’s about taking care of the ones He loves. Today we can hardly relate what a sheep meant to a person two thousand years ago; it was a treasure.The answers are not found in religion, the answers are found in a personal relationship with Our Creator. Religion hurts, faith sets you free!

  2. Because you are more than a sheep. That’s simple. It doesn’t mean humans are perfect. They are just better than sheep, because sheep simply lack the things that make a human… Sheep are not bad or worthless, but they are not human. They need to be herded. Humans don’t.

  3. Why would a sheep, a cow, a horse or any other creature symbolize a demeaning view of humans? With all their “intelligence” humans sin and do wrong all the time. That is why the Shepherd and Savior was sent. I do hope and pray that you find your answers. Take care! 🙂

  4. *sigh* What I wanted to imply was, that the symbol shows a very demeaning view on humans. Humans are better than that. They don’t need a shepherd – they need to be taken seriously.

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