20+ Jesus the Good Shepherd Images
Leaders throughout history have used symbolism to communicate their authority. Many times, traits such as power, strength, and influence took the form of animals. From lions and bears to serpents and dragons, intimidation was clearly spelled out for subjects and enemies alike.
Interestingly, the most powerful leader of all time chose a lamb.
Jesus Christ also referred to Himself as the good shepherd during His earthly ministry. That is because His leadership is not one of fear or dominance. Rather, it is one of hope and growth. Jesus is a true leader because He wants each of us to become leaders ourselves. He came not to conquer us, but to save us.
For something that must have been commonplace in Christ’s time, the sacred symbol of Jesus the good shepherd carries layers of meaning. Flocks are large and individual lambs wander. Wolves invade and sheep struggle to trust a replacement of their true master.
Many of our artists and photographers have taken this principle to heart. Considering your own journey through life, what other insights come to mind with each of these masterpieces depicting Jesus with sheep?
Comforting Images of Jesus
One of the most obvious ways that Jesus acts as the good shepherd is through the way he comforts us. A faithful shepherd keeps a close eye on his sheep as a flock and as individuals. He leads them to the best pastures to feed and guides them to safety during storms.
Jesus the good shepherd images highlight these qualities. They may remind us of spiritual experiences we have had in the past. They may help us better hear the call of our Master if we feel lost. Find hope and peace in some favorites by our artists
Jesus With Sheep
Just as Jesus comforts and guides us as individuals, He seeks to strengthen the entire flock. There is strength in numbers, especially in today’s world where society’s standards move further away from Christ’s teachings.
Even as fellow believers, it is human nature to run into disagreements. Yet, Jesus’ example of service, acceptance, and encouragement throughout His life set an important pattern for us. As we take courage and go out of our way to serve our neighbors, we can play a part in strengthening God’s children.
Enjoy these paintings of Jesus with sheep, illustrating how Christ ministers to His flock.
The Lost Sheep
The search for the lost sheep is of the most memorable roles of Jesus the good shepherd. Even with ninety-nine sheep safe in the meadow, He demonstrates immense diligence and concern by seeking after the one that is lost.
Christ never gives up on us, even when we give up on ourselves. As the apostle, Paul put it: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Feed My Sheep
The miraculous thing about God’s love is that it is contagious. When we begin to understand our worth and to find healing for ourselves, we naturally want to share our discovery with loved ones. It says a lot about the nature of Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.
It is no wonder that Jesus repeatedly instructs Peter, a leading disciple, to feed His sheep. After Peter had witnessed so many miracles and had seen so much growth in himself, the next step was to share the good news of the gospel with others. In a fallen world, a true understanding of Christ’s teachings is rainfall in a drought.
Enjoy these last pieces of artwork illustrating Jesus the good shepherd’s invitation to “Feed My Sheep” (John 21:17).
Jesus the good shepherd calls out to us in a variety of ways, whether it is through everyday miracles, the good people in our lives, or even trials that make us stop and listen. While He will never force our will, He wants to help us discover the best within ourselves.
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