“I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11)

Of the various Greek words that could have been translated as “good” in the English language, Jesus utilized the one that manifests itself in a form of goodness that is beautiful. In other words, the goodness of his life was portrayed in such a way that it was attractive. While religion can often portray goodness and moral uprightness in a way that is repulsive, the winsomeness that is to characterize the Christian faith is borne out of our relationship with Christ, the good and beautiful shepherd.

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