One of the strongest cases for our connection to the father as Shepherd is found in John 10. These are some awesome verses.
Psalm 23:1 NLT
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
That might be the first place we heard someone declare this fact as a personal truth for them. If He is our shepherd, so many, many things are already taken care. We have less to worry about. We have more to hold on too. What we have to come to grips with is that God is our shepherd. The case is settled.
Throughout John 10 or more support. What do we learn about our God who is our shepherd from this chapter?
2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
We know or can know His voice. We can trust our shepherd all the time!
7 … I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Vision and purpose come from our leader. He gives us life, strong and abundant life.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock…14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.
A good shepherd is so different from those who are bad or from those who just don’t care. This shepherd cares and has our best interest in His heart and in His plan.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,
I will close with this. Our salvation is not held just in case something changes. Our salvation is help by the good shepherd that has so much more good for us. He leads us to the best place. That is the place best for us and the one that he knows is best for us.
That is the shepherd that I know, and that is the shepherd I long for because He holds all I need.