In Jesus we see the sacrificial nature of “the good shepherd” who “sacrifices his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). In Jesus, we see the ongoing work of “the great Shepherd of the sheep” who will “equip you with all you need for doing his will” and “produce in you…every good thing that is pleasing to him” (Hebrews 13:20-21). In Jesus we see the generosity of our great Shepherd from whom we will receive “a crown of never-ending glory and honor” (1 Peter 5:4). We see the worthiness of our Shepherd—the “Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered,” the Lamb who sits on the throne and gives us shelter so we will never again be hungry or thirsty or scorched by the heat of the sun. “For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd” (Revelation 5:6; 7:15-17)
My good Shepherd, because I have you, I have all that I need. You lead me into rest and empower me. You guide me to live in ways that honor you. Even when I walk through darkness and difficulty, I don’t have to be afraid, because I look up and find you right there. Your Cross has drawn me to you, and your Word keeps me close to you. You have invited me to feast on you, and you have poured out your Spirit on me. My life is overflowing with your goodness and mercy. Forever I will live safely within your fold. — Nancy Guthrie, The One Year Book fo Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament