Updated: Nov 17, 2020
This last Sunday (11.15.20), I talked about one of the most famous “I AM…” statements. It is found in John 10:11 where Jesus says: I AM the Good Shepherd. The fact that Jesus says this implies two things:
The first thing is that there are sheep. And if you guessed it right, we are the sheep. Now that is not great news! Because sheep can easily get lost. Isaiah 53 that says, "All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way." We easily tend to go our own way, pursuing things that we believe make us happy. But sheep are also defenseless. No defenses to protect themselves. They are vulnerable to the threats of this world because things that are out of our control.
The second fact that is implied in Jesus saying, I AM the Good Shepherd, is that there are others that are not good. In fact, he doesn't just imply it, but in verses 1, 8, 10, 12 and 13 of John, chapter 10, Jesus talks about others who use the sheep and abuse the sheep rather than tend and love the sheep.
As sheep, this is very alarming. Not only am I defenseless and can easily get lost, but there are bad shepherds looking to take advantage of me. If anything, this shows our need for a True Good Shepherd since we cannot lead ourselves.