“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.” (John 10:11-18, NRSV)
Jesus lays down His life for the sheep.
The hired hand runs away. Who is that? Well, that could be current pastors and priests, current leaders of the body, when the going gets tough, they just exit stage left and run away. But Jesus won’t run away. He will stand and fight and die for the sheep if He has to.
He does this willing. Which for me shows us also the greatest proof for the resurrection if you need one other than the promises from the Bible. You see all of the disciples were martyred for their faith, killed for what they believe. If it was a hoax, wouldn’t one of them have given it up before they died? Most men won’t die to save another or die for a lie. So that is the best proof there is, and it shows the depth of the love our shepherd has for us!