This is one of my favorite images of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. One who will take care of you. One who is good! We all need good in this world, and that is what Jesus is. I’ve never understood how the manger scene or Jesus could be offensive to anyone. I understand not everyone believes in his deity, but his image has always been one of good and compassion. It is his goodness that draws people to him.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
Jesus gave us another example when he told the parable of the 99 sheep and 1 lost sheep in Luke 15. Jesus came as the good shepherd to seek and find the lost.
The 23rd Psalm, the most quoted of all Psalms, also beautifully describes this good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd – Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life;
He leads me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
as long as I live.