By Jarrod Belcher
This is the sixth column in a series of columns on the Seven I Am statements in John’s Gospel.
I want to point out the fourth significance of Jesus’ claim in John 10 that he is the Good Shepherd. We have seen that he is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures that depict Yahweh as the Shepherd of Israel, that he is a kind shepherd who responds to the needs of his sheep, and that he pays the ultimate price by laying down his life for them. The final significance we want to address is the security of the Good Shepherd.
If Jesus is your shepherd you are safe and secure with him. In verses 28, 29 Jesus says, “I give my sheep eternal life and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. And no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” You see if you have truly been called to salvation by Christ and are a true sheep of his then you are protected by the Lord Jesus. No enemy can assail you. That doesn’t mean that life is easier as a believer. In fact sometimes it’s harder which is contrary to those who preach the false gospel of material and physical prosperity as Christians.
The security of the Shepherd extends to greater things than this brief life. Jesus will guard us from the evil one, he will deliver us from the sins that would otherwise bury us hopelessly, and he will protect us from a death that fully and finally separates us from our God. Haven’t you, O Christian, felt downcast and poor in life and spiritually weak? Isn’t it good to know that in times like these we have a Good Shepherd that keeps us in the palm of his great hand? And we have the double protection that we are also in the Father’s hand.
How much more security could there be? My dear friends the saints in heaven may be happier than you are but they are not more secure. In fact the same hands that hold the saints in heaven also hold us. Let us rest in the security of the Good Shepherd.