In the Bible, Jesus called himself the good shepherd . When he said this, his audience had probably known the role of a shepherd.
Because, according to the Bible, sheep and shepherds are referred to with great frequency. Most times, the Bible talks about real sheep and real shepherds.
Sometimes, it compares the people of God to sheep and the leaders of God’s people as shepherds. And hence, only Jesus has been called the good shepherd.
So, here are five qualities that describe Jesus as good shepherd.
He is good
Kalos, the Greek word, is translated as “good,” which describes noble, wholesome, good, and beautiful. This is the character of God, and He alone is good.
And the Gospel of Mathew emphasizes on that (Matt. 19:16-17), “And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?
There is only one who is good . If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
According to the scripture above, Jesus is the only one who has, or ever will, live a sinless life. He perfectly kept and fulfilled the commandants. Those who call on the name of Jesus are forgiven and are seen by God as good, but it is only through Jesus that we can say yes to this goodness.
And as we know, we humans are still works in progress. For now, what’s left of our sin nature is still fighting against our true nature (who we are in Christ).
There are some other shepherds: some who lead well and some who don’t lead well. We need leaders who will lead us to God, who will emulate the Good Shepherd and who will submit to the authority of Christ Jesus.
All shepherds, other than Christ, will probably fail us if we look to them for our salvation, because only Jesus has the undivided title of, the good shepherd. And He’s the only way to God the Father.
As the Gospel of John records it, (Jn. 10:28), “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand”.
In other words, when we place ourselves under the care of Jesus our life is safe with him.
According to the psalmist (Psalm 23:3), “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
In that case, Jesus shows us a better way to live. When we follow him, he is glorified.
According to the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:11), “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”
Jesus provides exactly what we need to grow in our faith.
He lays down his life
The Gospel of John (Jn. 10:11) also records “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Jesus portrayed his love for us by leaving heaven, entering humanity, living a perfect life, and paying the price for our sins by dying on the cross.
He resurrected, ascended into heaven to be with his Father, and intercedes on our behalf so that we can enter into relationship with God. With this, Jesus rescued us, as he laid down his life for us, who are his sheep.
The above five qualities of the good shepherd becomes a proof to us that Jesus is a leader that can be trusted. Jesus loves us.
He is the only good shepherd. And He will never leave us. So we have no choice, but to totally trust in him.