John 10:12–15 (ESV)
I Am the Good Shepherd (Part 3)
12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I
am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I remember after church one Wednesday night, we went to
a sub sandwich shop down the street. We had about 16 people and it was about 15 minutes to closing time. The person at the counter told us that they could sell us the sandwiches, but they were closing in 15 minutes and we would have to leave.
Leave we did! We did not eat there... we went down the street and ate at a different sub shop that was closing in 5 minutes when we got there. They told us to take our time and enjoy the food. We did and about 30 minutes later, we were gone.
About a year later, my wife and I went back to the first shop which was hurting for business. He said he hadn’t seen us for a while. We were talking to the owner who was behind the counter. We told him we had a bad experience
and this was the first time in a year that we came back. He had lost our business for about a year. When we told him what had happened, he was furious. You see... he was the owner and he would have stayed there until we were finished.
He quickly figured out who was waiting on us and that he had fired him a while back. He said there were quite a few good customers who have not come back because of this persons management skills. The man we were talking to was the owner and he
had a vested interest in the shop. The other manager that was fired did not have his money invested and when it came time to go home... he went home. No matter if it meant lost sales, he was gone. The owner would have never let what happened
happen. This is what today’s story is talking about. If you are a shepherd and a wolf comes to attack the flock, the hired hand may try to protect the sheep, but once his life becomes threatened, he runs because he is not the owner of the
sheep. The sheep are not his life... he can get a job somewhere else. If the owner of the sheep were keeping watch, he would have risked his life to save his sheep (his investment). Jesus has a vested interest in you and he was willing and
did give his life for you. What a great text for the day after Easter. He is arisen! He is Arisen Indeed! Alleluia!
I pray: O Lord, I don’t have to wonder how much you love me,
I know that you gave your life for me. You have a vested interest in me because I am one of your sheep. You are the Good Shepherd and you love your sheep. Amen.