According to those who study such things, sheep are apparently some of the most unintelligent, stubborn, and hopelessly helpless animals on the planet. And so at 1st glance, when Jesus claims to be the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep, it could almost feel offensive that we are the sheep in this analogy. And yet, when we realize how perfectly loved and cared for we are by the Good Shepherd, it would be foolish not to follow Him all the days of our lives. The Good Shepherd is marked by several things that make Him distinctly good and far more worthy of our lives than any other shepherds this world has to offer us. The Good Shepherd guides, provides, corrects and protects His sheep. In doing all of that, He offers the abundant life that we all seek!