Does this idea resonate with you? We have romanticized the idea of the shepherd without really understanding the term. We look at shepherd as leader and mentor. Not necessarily as defender. But shepherds are often called to defend their sheep, from thieves, predators, and natural dangers. The idea that Jesus communicates here is that as a good shepherd, He is willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of his sheep. That is dedication.
Shepherds often got close to their charges, often recognizing them among the flock. The sheep know the shepherd so well they identify his voice in a crowd. Knowing this relationship, Jesus elevated it to the relationship between himself and his people.
So the question becomes for us, do we let Jesus be the Shepherd? “All we like sheep have gone astray.” However, “my sheep know my voice.” I encourage you today to follow the good Shepherd.