Recognize Your Value And Be Secure in Who You Are – Hear The Voice of the Good Shepherd (John 10)

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Do you know the voice of the shepherd? What does he say about you?

The Shepherd guides the sheep, protects the sheep, feeds the sheep… Christ lays down his life for the sheep.

As a result in the ancient near east it was common for rulers to call themselves the good shepherd. This was a title given to kings and emperors, it meant that they were taking very good care of their people, were looking after them, so it was a claim to be a good ruler and also a god upon earth. So that pagan kings commonly called themselves the good shepherd. As a result no one dared use the term unless he were actually someone who was tending sheep or a king.

The good shepherd is the divine king, the shepherd king and the image is one of the fullest of religious and political oversight and care. The shepherd king is the ideal king, one whose care and concern is without equal. This Jesus Christ declares concerning Himself. He is the pastor, protector, the Lord, God on earth. So when He said I am the good shepherd they knew what He was saying.

And this Shepherd claims you for his sheep and under his care – do you hear his voice?

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.