There is an intimate relationship between a shepherd and his sheep. There is a close and intimate relationship between Jesus and his followers. Sheep listen for the voice of their shepherd, and he calls them by name. Jesus, our Good Shepherd calls us by name and leads us through life. To make our way through life we need to know the right leader. Only Jesus qualifies. He knows us better than we know ourselves, he is wiser and stronger than we are, and he loves us even more than we love ourselves. Because of that, He is the Shepherd who laid down his life for us.