them the shepherd shields them from harm. He is ready to give his life for his sheep.
If the sheep are in the charge of a hired shepherd when
the wolf comes he will run away and leave the sheep
to the mercy of the wolf.
The good shepherd even knows each sheep by name, and when the keeper of the fold opens the door
the shepherd calls the sheep one by one and they run out to him.
It is the thief and the robber who climb up a back way into the fold to harm the sheep. The
good shepherd comes in by the front door and leads the sheep out.
Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd." His sheep are the people who love and follow him.