“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. John 10: 11-12
The U.S. State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2015, counts 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries last year, total deaths due to terrorist attacks were 28,328 mostly innocent citizens.
According to available history, the very first shepherd was Abel, he was also humanity’s first murder victim, slain by his brother Cain. Abraham and Moses were shepherds. King David was the best known shepherd of Bible history. Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. He was willing to do so, but God gave him a sheep (ram) to sacrifice instead of his son. Christians and Jews believe that the life of Isaac was saved. Shepherds were the first people to see the newborn Jesus Christ. It is known that animals can instantly recognize the voice of a familiar trusted person. Sheep have excellent memories for faces. They remember their handler. They also remember people who inflict abuse upon them. We find three broad types of people in this world, you can categorize them as follows:-
- Sheep. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen.
- Wolf. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath.
- Shepherd. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a shepherd, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.
The wolves will do anything they can to hurt sheep, on contrary, shepherd will do everything within his capability to protect the sheep. Wolves will only appear only to harm, whereas, shepherd remains with the sheep and cater for all their needs including food, shelter, water etc. Jesus says:-
“I am the good shepherd;I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:14-15