As we continue to spend time in the gospel of John together, we came to chapter 10 this past Sunday. While the other shepherds of God’s people are ‘thieves’ and ‘hired hands,’ Jesus is the true and better shepherd. The leaders weren’t shepherds, they were wolves. They didn’t protect the sheep, the sheep needed protection from them. The good shepherd, however, “lays down his life for the sheep” (10:11, 15, 18). Jotting down a comment in his own Bible at this point, Jonathan Edwards summarized the picture of Jesus presented in this chapter:
The good shepherd stands between the wolf and the sheep, and himself is slain by the wolf to save the lives of the sheep.
Jonathan Edwards, Blank Bible.