Good Shepherd [Saving, Protecting, Providing]

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.“  (John 10:11, 14)

Origins: Sheep are defenceless and dependent, requiring constant protection, provision, and guidance 

Meaning: Jesus calls Himself our good Shepherd, because He is One who protects, guides, and nurtures His people

Usage: In John 10:12-18, Jesus contrasts Himself with the Pharisees, implying they don’t know or care about the people. Jesus loves each person and willingly gives up his life for people of all nations.


Follow the Good Shepherd for salvation. Only He is able to save you. Then you will dwell with Him forever in the house of the Lord (Psalm 23:6).

Follow the Good Shepherd for rest, renewal, and right paths (Psalm 23:2-3). Our souls need the kind of care only He can give. We need guidance for life. We can find those needs met in Him and His Word.

Follow the Good Shepherd for protection (Psalm 23:4). Listen to His voice instead of false teachers. Only He can protect and comfort us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death or are in the presence of enemies.

Follow the Good Shepherd for provision (Psalm 23:1,5). The Lord our Shepherd provides for us so we have all we need in all circumstances.