I Am the Good Shepherd

Calling us by name, leading the way: Dave Andrews examines Jesus statement, “I am the Good Shepherd”.

In today’s video teaching, Dave Andrews reflects on Jesus’ words, “I am the good shepherd”. In Jesus’ local context, leaders were often referred to as shepherds. Shepherds walked in front of their flock, showing the way to walk, calling the sheep by name. 

When Jesus declared himself as the good shepherd, he was speaking to people who were hurt and angry at their leaders. They felt as though they weren’t cared for, weren’t valued, weren’t seen. Jesus comes with an opposite message. Jesus’ leadership cares deeply for people. He knows them each by name and never expects them to walk a path that he has not walked before them. Jesus’ is our model of what true, godly leadership is: it springs from love and sees those whom it is easier to ignore. Jesus values people and is on the front line always.  

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Today's Reading: John 10:11,14

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep... and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

Reflection Questions:

  • What are some examples of good leadership you have encountered?  What qualities made those people good leaders?
  • Thinking of those qualities of a good leader: how do you try to embody those qualities as you go about your life?
  • When we encounter leaders whose conduct does not match our view of godly leadership, how can we demonstrate the love of Jesus to them?

Daily Bible Readings:

Wed 18 Mar

John 10:11-18

How does Jesus describe the Good Shepherd?

Thur 19 Mar

John 10:19-30

What is the relationship like between the sheep and the Shepherd?

Fri  20 Mar

Isaiah 40:1-11

What is the Prophet’s vision of the good news to come?

Sat 21 Mar

Ezekiel 34

How does God critique the Shepherds of the people? How does he propose to care for the people?

Sun 22 Mar

John 10:11, 14-15

Sit with these texts, mulling them over slowly today

Mon 23 Mar

Hebrews 13:20-21

How is Jesus described?

Tue 24 Mar

1 Peter 5:1-6

How does Peter pick up themes of sheep and shepherds?


Pray: 

Jesus, our Good Shepherd.  You walk ahead of us in the journey of our lives. You call us by name and know us intimately. Thank you for seeing us, thank you for knowing us and calling us to follow you. May we know your love deeply and reflect it to those around us. Please be close to us when we feel alone on the path. Help us to encourage others as we journey together in this adventure of following you.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Dave Andrews is an author and organiser who has worked with dispossessed and marginalised peoples in India and Australia. He teaches courses on community development in Australia at the Bible College of Queensland, the Queensland College of Theology and Australian College of Ministries, and in many countries including Cambodia, India, and Afghanistan as a consultant with Tear Australia, a Christian Aid Agency.

Jesus Says 'I AM'