Verse of the Day 9-14-22

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

Jesus declares himself to be the promised good shepherd who was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. This metaphor pictures Jesus’ tender and devoted care for his followers. He is constantly watching over them to guide and keep them from harm.

Chris’t distinctive characteristic as the ultimate good shepherd is his willingness to die for his sheep. His death on the cross spiritually rescues and saves those who choose to follow him. Christ is called the “good shepherd” here, the “great Shepherd” in Hebrews 13:20 and the “Chief Shepherd” in 1 Peter 5:4.

The minister or leader who serves only to earn a living or to gain honor or admiration from others is the “hired hand” of verses 12-13. True spiritual leaders cafe for the sheep, those whom they lead or with whom they have influence, while ungodly and false leaders are most concerned about themselves and their positions.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Isaiah 15-18, Galatians 1, Psalm 58:1-11 and Proverbs 23:12

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