"I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,John 10:14(NASB)
Jesus is our Good Shepherd and knows us by name, just as we know Jesus as our Saviour God and gentle Shepherd. Yet He elevates our relationship with Himself to heights beyond our imagination. He compares our relationship to Himself with His Own intimate and cherished relationship with the Father. Jesus said, "I know My sheep and My sheep know me, JUST AS MY FATHER KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THE FATHER."
How staggering to know that Christ KNOWS you and me, just as the Father KNOWS Christ. What a God! What a Saviour! What a Shepherd! And in love, He willingly laid down His precious life for you and for me. What a gracious Saviour and what a gentle Man.
Christ was the sin sacrifice Who would lay down His life to satisfy the wrath of God for the sins of the whole world so that all who believed on His name would be saved. But the life of our Good Shepherd was also willingly laid down because of His deep love for His sheep, His Church, His Body, His Bride.
His death paid the price for the sin for ALL, but His Resurrection broke the power of death for those who would believe. God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son - but Christ loves the Church so much that He laid down His life for the sheep. He lay down his life as a free-will offering so that He might take it again, and in so doing gave life to all who believe.
Praise God that our Good Shepherd knows us and loves us. Praise God that the eternal Son became the perfect Man to lay down His life for the sheep, and to take it up again so that we too might receive newness of life in Him, forever.
Dear Shepherd of the sheep, thank You for knowing me and loving me as You do. Thank You for willingly dying for me so that I may live with You forever. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.