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Discovering Our Identity in Jesus: Episode 1-The Good Shepherd

Discovering Our Identity in Jesus

Jesus says he is “the good shepherd”. 

The defining characteristic of the good shepherd is that he lays down his life for his sheep. His sheep are his priority. The shepherd is completely responsible for the life of the sheep. 

In this new series of video blogs (or “vlogs”), we explore some of the “I am” statements of Jesus by answering two questions: Who is Jesus? and Who are we?

Engaging with the Vlog: An Invitation to Pay Attention

Listen to the words, especially the words of Scripture. 

  • Which words stand out to you? You might want to jot those words down to help you remember.
  • As you hear the words Shepherd and Sheep, what images come to mind?
  • How do you feel about the Jesus being called the Good Shepherd, and us being identified as sheep?
  • Do you have any preconceived understanding of Shepherd and Sheep? 
  • What experiences have you had with a “hired hand” or a “wolf”? 

Close your eyes and see what images you recall from the video.

  • What words can you use to describe the images that drew your attention?
  • How have you experienced Jesus as the Good Shepherd?
  • What is the invitation for you in being a “sheep”?

I would love to engage with you further, if it would be of value to you. If you’d like to leave a public comment, please do so below.

If you’d like to connect with me personally, you may do so in an email to TammyLundell@oci.org

Resources to Continue Your Reflection

Psalm 23 was written long before Jesus walked on the earth and laid down his life on the cross for his sheep. But the opening words of Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” perfectly describe our relationship with Jesus. In the Scripture images section of this website you can find a short exercise based on Psalm 23 with a beautiful image of sheep grazing under the watchful eye of the shepherd. I invite you to further your reflection there.  

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