“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.”
John 10:14-15 ESV
Jesus declares and reveals something substantial here. He is the “good shepherd.” If we split this statement apart, we get “good.” We also get “shepherd.” And we simply must insist on both. Somehow, deep down, these two ‘particulars’ take on the most definite positions in our lives. We are desperate for anything good; and we know our need for a shepherd. We struggle so hard, and this understanding will carry us a very long way.
This verse tells us– He knows us!
He is fully aware of you in this present moment. This is amazing, to be aware that He engages us on the level were we are now at. Think about, its like He has our ‘x-ray’ in front of Him. He knows and understands us completely and fully.
The remainder of this verse goes on to suggest that we (yes, we) know Him. Now I have a multitude of issues, but when I sift them out, there is a deep awareness of His presence. I completely understand (as much as I’m able) of who He is, and I can’t shake Him. Once touched we’ll never be satisfied with anything else (and Lord knows we will try.)
While visiting this planet, Jesus maintained His connection with the Father. He would take this sense of intimacy with His Father down ‘into the stretch.’ And that pattern of love would take place in our hearts and minds. And now we have finally found our place– with him, with the Father.
The very last part, v. 15, places itself right in the middle of our understanding. He will definitely die for us. He wants to, and is eager to lay down His life to make us His own. It all seems foolish, I know. But He very much wants to bring us into His deep presence.
The idea that we are sheep is factored in. He dies for us. The Shepherd will now face crucifixion in order to claim His sheep. He will go to a painful and ugly death to give us life that is eternal.