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Exalt His Name Today


“I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I AM’” (Jn
8:58 NIV)!

I
Am
the
Good
Shepherd

Jesus
 described
 Himself
 as
 the
 Good
 Shepherd.
 He
 is
 the
 perfect
 example
 for
 an

earthly
 shepherd
 or
 pastor
 to
 follow.
 A
 good
 shepherd
 feeds,
 waters,
 and
 defends

his
 sheep.
 He
 provides
 a
 place
 of
 rest
 for
 them
 as
 he
 secures
 the
 pasture.
 He

searches
for
the
lost.
A
shepherd
knows
his
sheep
and
they
know
him.
A
shepherd

stands
 at
 the
 gate
 of
 the
 pasture
 and
 calls
 his
 sheep
 by
 name.
 If
 there
 are
 other

sheep
together
in
the
same
pen,
the
sheep
that
are
his
will
recognize
their
name
as

he
 calls
 to
 them
 and
 they
 willingly
 follow
 his
 voice,
 while
 ignoring
 the
 voice
 of

another.
 A
 good
 shepherd
 would
 die
 for
 his
 sheep.
 Conversely,
 a
 hireling
 is
 a

shepherd
 who
 is
 interested
 in
 the
 monetary
 rewards
 of
 his
 work
 and
 cares
 very

little
for
the
well‐being
of
those
under
his
care.
False
shepherds,
those
who
do
not

have
the
best
interest
of
the
flock
in
mind,
will
run
when
a
wolf
enters
in
to
scatter

the
sheep.
They
are
unfaithful,
unbelieving,
cowardly,
and
selfish.
Ruthless
in
their

actions,
their
loyalty
is
to
their
own
desires.



With
 this
 analogy,
 Jesus
 gives
 us
 the
 most
 vivid
 picture
 of
 the
 leader
 of
 the
 local

church,
and
the
impact
on
the
congregation
when
the
wolf
enters.
Invariably,
there

will
be
a
scattering
of
the
sheep.
Jesus
used
this
metaphor
to
reflect
the
nature
and

character
of
a
true
pastor
as
being
reflected
of
His
own
character.
A
true
pastor
will

lay
 down
 his
 life
 for
 those
 under
 his
 care.
 He
 is
 the
 good
 shepherd
 who
 watches

carefully
over
His
flock,
leading
and
guiding
them
to
safety.
Jesus
also
said
that
He

had
more
than
just
these
sheep,
but
others
from
another
pen.
Jesus
was
superior
in

His
teachings
as
He
referred
to
more
than
just
what
was
at
hand.
Prophetically,
He

was
referring
to
the
Gentile
nation
that
was
about
to
be
brought
in
under
one
flock

and
 one
 shepherd.
 It
 is
 also
 of
 the
 utmost
 importance
 to
 reject
 prejudice
 against

others
 from
 different
 denominations
 or
 church
 affiliations,
 and
 remember
 that
 we

are
of
all
one
Body,
with
one
Lord,
and
one
Savior.



Robin
Bertram
Ministries
 
 www.robinbertram.tv


Robin
Bertram
Ministries
 
 www.robinbertram.tv