Jesus said that a good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hirling will always scare and run when threatened by an enemy. A good shepherd protects and loves the sheep what ever color, size or cantankerous they may be. Jesus is a shepherd they can trust. They know His voice when He calls them all by name. They even listen most times. The true shepherd leads the sheep and they follow. There is the Great Shepherd Jesus protecting the under shepherd He ordained for protecting His sheep. The pastor is the under shepherd and the sheep the believer in the fold. That is His will and method from His example. Enjoy HIS protection.