“I  am the Good Shepherd,” Jesus said. “I know My sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows Me, and I know the Father.” John 10:14,15 NLT

When Jesus says, “I know you,” you can be certain that He knows everything about you. And not only does He know about you, He cares deeply for you.In this passage, Jesus starts off with the picture of a Good Shepherd, Who knows and cares for His sheep; in turn, the sheep know the Shepherd, recognize His voice, and trust Him and follow Him where He leads. His knowledge of the sheep is on a whole different level than their knowledge of Him, but they love and trust each other.

Both before and after this passage, Jesus says that He, the Good Shepherd, sacrifices His Life for the Sheep. That is the measure of His loving care for us, and also, the measure of the cost of the new relationship He is offering us.

For, in the last half of this passage,  Jesus changes the picture altogether. Our relationship with Jesus is not to remain forever the relationship of sheep with their Shepherd; we will have a family relationship with Him, like His relationship with His Father.

In His great prayer in John chapter 17, Jesus prays ” That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, are in Me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in us.” John 17:21 KJV

Jesus’ purpose is to bring many sons and daughters into His heavenly family, all having the same family spirit, the same family love, the same family knowledge that He has enjoyed with His Father for all eternity. There is no question that Jesus Himself is the firstborn, but He is sharing His family with “many brethren!”

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