Sheep, shepherds and sheep stealers
More common in the Middle East in the 1st century than in East London in the 21st. But Jesus uses this image to explain who he is, what he’s about, and why we need him.
He says we’re like sheep, in a world of sheep stealers.
And it’s a good picture. Looking around us, we know our world is a mess. Looking within us, we know we’re part of that mess, however much we try to cover it up. Jesus says our world is in darkness, because we’ve turned our back on God our creator.
Jesus is the good shepherd