“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3
This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, when we read several scriptures about the imagery of sheep and shepherd. The shepherd is an image that scripture often uses to refer to leadership, especially the leadership God provides. Jesus declares himself the good shepherd. The part I resonate most with in John 10 is this line that the shepherd knows the name of the sheep. Just think about what Jesus is saying. He knows our name. Not just our name but he knows us, everything about us. Jesus is our leader and he cares for us. I hope we can dwell on that good news this week. Our leader knows us and loves us. It’s easy to follow someone when you know they care about you. Jesus is the good shepherd who leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. We can follow him through scary times because we trust in his love for us.