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?