“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I am the shepherd who cares for the sheep. I know my sheep just as the Father knows me. And my sheep know me just as I know the Father. I give my life for these sheep. John 10:14-15
I am the shepherd who cares for the sheep. I will give them my all. I know my sheep just as the Father knows me. And my sheep know me just as I know the Father. I give my life for these sheep for my knowledge is for them.
What Does John 10:14 Mean? ►
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
Jesus is our Good Shepherd and knows us by name – just as we know Jesus as our Saviour God and gentle Shepherd. Yet He elevates our relationship with Himself to heights beyond our imagination – He compares our relationship to Himself with His Own intimate and cherished relationship with the Father. Jesus said – I know My sheep and My sheep know me-JUST AS MY FATHER KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THE FATHER.
How staggering to know that Christ KNOWS you and me – just as the Father KNOWS Christ. What a God! What a Saviour! What a Shepherd! And in love, He willingly laid down His precious life for you and for me. What a gracious Saviour and what a gentle Man.
Christ was the sin sacrifice Who would lay down His life to satisfy the wrath of God for the sins of the whole world – so that all who believed on His name would be saved. But the life of our good Shepherd was also willingly laid down because of His deep love for His sheep, His church, His body – His bride…
His death paid the price for the sin for ALL, but His resurrection broke the power of death – for those who would believe. God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son – but Christ loves the Church so much that He laid down His life for the sheep – He lay down his life as a free-will offering so that He might take it again – and in so doing give LIFE to all who believe.
Praise God that our good Shepherd knows us and loves us. Praise God that the eternal Son became the perfect Man to lay down His life for the sheep, and to take it up again so that we too might receive newness of life in Him – for EVER.
Dear Shepherd of the sheep, thank You for knowing me and loving me as You do. Thank You for willingly dying for me so that I may live with You forever, in Jesus name I Pray
What Jesus Did! ‘Knowing and Known’ — John 10:14-15
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
[Jesus said,] “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.”
Jesus knows us. He knows our hearts. He knows our fears. He knows our temptations. He knows us inside and out. Any attempts to pretend would be in vain. We do not have to be afraid in his presence. We know he wants what is best for us. He demonstrated it by allowing himself to be born into our world and placed in a feed trough in a stable at Bethlehem. He made it clear by allowing himself to be arrested, mistreated, falsely tried, and then crucified on the cross at Golgotha.
Father, because of your love and because of Jesus, who is interceding for me now, I pour out to you my deepest concerns: … I know you will hear my cries and minister to my needs. I do not mean to be selfish today, O God, but I do want to be honest in your presence knowing that I can come to you sincerely and receive your grace. Thank you for your immeasurable love, understanding, and assurance which were given to me at such a high price. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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What Does John 10:15 Mean? ►
as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.
What is more helpless than a little lamb or what is sillier that a straying sheep and yet we are the sheep of His pasture and we are His little lambs that need to be nurtured and protected by our good shepherd.
Twice in this chapter the Lord identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd. The first time He is identified as the good shepherd of Israel. He leads the lost sheep of the house of Israel that hear His voice out of the sheepfold of Israel, for He is the door of the sheep-pen – and the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
But this great shepherd of Israel is our good shepherd too – for we the ‘other’ sheep that this good shepherd has that are not of the fold of Israel, and He lays down His life for us as well and in this beautiful passage we gain a little glimpse into Christ’s world-wide sheepfold that is the church – where believing Israel and believing gentiles are brought into one-fold with one shepherd
What is beautiful about our good shepherd is that He knows every one of His sheep – He knows all that are His own little flock. Jesus knows who His own sheep are. He knows your name and He knows mine.
He knows each of us personally and specially and He knew each of us that would become part of His little flock before the foundation of the world. He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb – He knows each of us intimately and has brought all those who trust in His name into personal union and sweet fellowship with Himself.
What a blessing that Jesus is our good shepherd and he knows us all so well. Let us get to know the Lord Jesus more and more each day as we listen to His voice, look to Him and follow His guidance.
Father, thank You that Jesus is my good shepherd May I come to know Him more and more as I keep Him firmly fixed in my gaze in His name I pray, AMEN.