- I am the good Shepherd…(John 10:11)
Our Lord Jesus came as a Shepherd to shepherd us in all three parts of our being—spirit, soul and body.
First, He came to seek the lost ones.
- Which man of you, who has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (Luke 15:4-5)
As a man, the Lord had the psuche life, the human life. As God, He had the zoe life, the divine life.
He laid down His soul, his human life, his psuche life, for the redemption of His sheep.
- …and I lay down My life [psuche] for the sheep. (John 10:15)
So that they could receive the zoe life in their spirit.
- I have come that they may have life [zoe] and may have it abundantly (John 10:10b).
And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever (v. 28)
Next, we are shown that He is the Shepherd of our souls (1 Pet 2:25).
What does this mean?
Most of our problems are in our soul, so
Our Lord, who became a life-giving Spirit, lives in us to observe the condition and situation of our inner being—all the way to the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls (1 Pet. 1:9).
He reaches all three parts of our soul—the mind, emotion and will—and takes care of all our problems, needs, and wounds and gives us rest.
- Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matt. 11:28-29)
Finally, He is shepherding us all the way to the redemption of our bodies, our glorification.
For this, even the whole creation is waiting and groaning to see the revelation of the sons of God.
- In hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. And not only so, but we ourselves also…groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body. (Rom 8:21, 24)
- Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory. (Eph. 1:14)
Even for eternity, the Lord Jesus will be our eternal Shepherd, shepherding us to springs of water (Himself as our water of life—John 4:14) for our satisfaction.
- For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and guide them to springs of waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Rev. 7:17)
Note 2 from the Holy Bible Recovery Version says:
“The tear in the eyes of the saved ones is a sign of their dissatisfaction. The waters of life are for their satisfaction. Because the Lamb will supply them with waters of life for their satisfaction, they will have no tears of dissatisfaction. The waters of life will be supplied, and the water of tears will be wiped away.”
For eternity, we will be shepherded by this dear One. What all-inclusive tender care this is.
Isn’t He a wonderful Shepherd?