reminds us that our pastors have a responsibility for watching over their congregation.
Jesus told His disciples that any person who enters the sheepfold any other way than through the door is a thief and a robber. Jesus said that He was that door. Any shepherd entering in to watch over the flock must go in through Jesus Christ.
The sheep will follow the shepherd with a familiar voice, and that voice must be the Word of God. They will not follow a stranger, and will flee from strangers.
Jesus said that all who came before Him were thieves and robbers, but His sheep did not listen to them. The thieves come only to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus Christ came so that they may have life eternal.
He is the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd will lay down his life for his sheep. Those that are hired hands instead of shepherds will flee when they see the wolf coming. They will allow the wolf to come in, snatching the sheep and scattering them. The hired hand cares nothing for the sheep.
Peter says in 1 Peter 5
that pastors are not to be domineering over others, being good examples for the flock. He uses the word "elders" to show that large flocks will require others to help support the flock. He considered himself a "fellow elder" instead of a "powerful leader."
Peter says that those who watch over the flock as good examples to them will have their day of victory. When the Chief Shepherd appears, they will receive the unfading crown of Glory.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do our shepherds watch over their flock? Do they even know the trials their flock face? Did they get into that position through Christ, having a flock that listens to their voice, or did they get in some other way? Are they in that role because of the love of money, as a "hired hand?" When wolves knock at the door, do they stand for their sheep? Or do they bear false witness to protect themselves? Do they take control, as a dictator over the other elders? Or do they receive advice from God through those other elders? Will they receive the unfading crown of Glory?