John 10:14-16

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me—  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.  I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“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 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.

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“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.  I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.


One of the definitions listed for "shepherd" is, "the Shepherd, Jesus Christ". (Dictionary.com) I feel that this is extremely appropriate, because anyone who wants to know about being a shepherd, should be pointed back to Christ. Jesus came to lay down His life for the sheep: not just the children of Israel, but all people. His offer of salvation is for all, and His sheep will listen to His voice. Even though there are many different church families and groups, believing in Jesus means that you are part of one flock, and under the grace and authority of THE Shepherd, Jesus Christ.