I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.-John 10:11
Jesus’ original audience would have known exactly what he was talking about when he made references to sheep and shepherds. Why? Because society at that time in Judaea was an arginine society. The people of Jesus’ day raised sheep, farmed, or did other forms of manual labor (for the most part). So they would have known that sheep require someone to lead them were they need to go and they require someone to protect them from the dangers in this world. That is why Jesus describes himself as a good shepherd. It is also why David describes God as a shepherd in the 23rd Psalm. Because the shepherd’s job is to guide, direct and protect. And that is exactly what God wants to do for you. God loves you so much that he sent his son to die for you as a payment for your sins. Jesus loves you so much that he willingly died in your place, for your sins.