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When Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) what does He mean?  What makes a shepherd of the sheep, maybe even a faithful shepherd, a good shepherd?  What characteristics or innate virtue qualifies them to be a Good Shepherd?

The answer is simple: Jesus said, “the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).  In fact, this specific attribute is repeated four times in 8 verses just to emphasize this very fact (John 10:11, 15, 17, 18).

And Jesus goes one step further.  He says in John 10:17: “Therefore My Father loves Me, (why) because I lay down My life that I may take it again.”

Don’t be caught sleeping— these statements by the Lord are deeply profound and life-changing.  Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on John 10:11-21.

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