The Good Shepard
As I prepared for this Sunday I kept wondering what image, what job, what person in society today would bring a similar image as shepherds in the time of Jesus. There are a few that come to mind, but you’ll have to wait until Sunday to hear about the specifics. Just think about those who are ostracized, shunned, and not to be trusted. At the same time we have to remember that Jesus qualified the statement with the word “good.” That in itself would cause a stir.
In the time of Jesus, very few shepherds would be seen as “good.” They were dirty, not to be trusted, shunned, and were at the very bottom of the caste system of the time. Maybe that was intentional on the part of Jesus, particularly as we look more intently at what he did. Remember, he washed the feet of the disciples. It was the lowliest and most disgusting of the jobs that could be done by a servant. We talk about him washing feet but seldom spend any time on it…until today.
So I’d like to go a bit deeper into this “I Am The Good Shepherd” scripture. What if it’s not about beautiful green fields, a lowly shepherd watching their peace-filled flocks, standing there by a placid lake, where the water is struck by the moonlight. What if it’s tougher than that? To get there we have to dig a little. But shepherds? Really? So let’s explore it. To prepare please read John 10:7-16.