In-Sight: Jesus the Pastor

By calling himself the Good Shepherd, Jesus accepted his role of being a pastor to those around him.

John 14:6 is one if the most pastoral verses in the Gospels, if we can read it apart from the who is “in” and who is “out” interpretation that has come to dominate it.

As our Good Shepherd, Jesus offers us three things every sheep needs. First, we need to know the path that leads to God (“green pastures and still waters”)–so he is the Way.

Second, we need to feed on the safe and nourishing food (“the table”–table land)–so he is the Truth.

Third, we need to live (“rod and staff” to fend off enemies)–so he is the Life.

John 14:6 takes us right into Psalm 23.

Way, Truth, Life—good shepherding.  “The Lord is my shepherd.”  Thank you, Jesus.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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