THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

the parable of the good shepherd

Stewart Redwine

Love always shows itself through a willingness to sacrifice for the beloved. Jesus spent a lot of time and energy expressing his love through his words and actions long before his ultimate sacrifice on the cross. His opponents cared little for Jesus’ good intentions, or for that matter the object of his affections; they were rule followers and sought to take his life for claiming to be God. In this video a little girl desperately wants to care for the hamsters from her older sister’s class (on loan from school). Her snooty older sister isn’t really concerned with the welfare of the animals—she sees them more as a badge of prestige than creatures worthy of her nurture. Love, however, wins out, as the younger sister sacrifices herself in order to make sure that the pets have been properly fed and watered.

John 10:11-18
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing 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.”

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