In ancient times, leaders (i.e., judges, kings, emperors) were often likened to shepherds. After all, shepherds were responsible for feeding, protecting and directing their flocks- tasks which ancient rulers saw as their own. As most of us are probably aware, Jesus used shepherding imagery in many of his teachings and parables, even going so far as to liken himself to a shepherd. However, instead of simply saying, "I am like a shepherd," Jesus actually says, "I am the GOOD shepherd." What does Jesus mean when he says that he is specifically the good shepherd? That's the question we'll be exploring today in our Bible Study on John 10:11-18.