I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
by: Gabrielle Andries.
In this passage, Jesus used the illustration of the sheep, the shepherd, and the pen to show that He laid down His life for everyone, not just the Jews. Those who follow Jesus will be a part of one and the same body of Christ. He knows each and every one of us in a way no one else ever will. And we will know and obey His voice when He calls us. We are more than hirelings and, therefore, need to be living like we have a vested interest in the sheep of His pasture.