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January 4

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd.” —John 10:11

Read John 10:10-18

Who does not know this parable? We are all familiar with this story from our childhood, the story of a shepherd who looks after his sheep. Beautiful images appear in our minds when we read this parable. Rich lessons can also be learned from it.

Which shepherd do we follow in life? Do you realize that in our fallen nature we will follow a shepherd different than Christ? That other “shepherd” is Satan, the great adversary. We will listen to his voice. He likes to present life as one big party.

But the reality is very different! I hope you have realized this. In light of God’s Word, you need to come to the conclusion that life in the service of Satan ends in hell. Life outside of the Lord Jesus ends in eternal sadness and despair!

However, in His goodness, the Father has sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to this sin-cursed earth. He has come to be the Good Shep-herd of sheep who cannot stand the tyranny of Satan any more. Look at what we read in verse 16: “And they shall hear my voice.” The Holy Spirit works in sinners’ hearts so that they are made able to hear the Good Shepherd’s voice and to follow Him. He will protect and guard His sheep against the wolves in this world, for He has given His life for His sheep.

What are the characteristics of sheep?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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