Jesus says eternal life is His gift to His sheep. Because He gives His sheep this gift, “they will never perish — ever!” His sheep “hear [His] voice, [He] knows them, and they follow [Him].” (John 10: 27}
Jesus speaks of someone who tries to kidnap His sheep, who wants to “snatch them out of [His] hand.” Simultaneously, He promises that “no one will snatch them out of My hand” because “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all.”
Jesus’ Father is greater than the kidnapper.
Jesus promises, “I assure you; I Am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep do not listen to them. I Am the door. If anyone enters by me, he is saved and comes in and goes out and finds pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I Am come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. I Am the good shepherd.” (John 10: 7 – 11)
Jesus compares Himself to a good shepherd. A shepherd knows his flock; he knows each of the sheep of his flock. He worries over each one, protecting each from wolf, starvation, wandering. If one wanders away from the others, then the shepherd seeks it out, brings it back into the fold.
Jesus says that He knows His own sheep, and His sheep know Him. We know His voice as He knows ours. Each of us is uniquely His. No one is like the other, but we are each specially and wonderfully made by Him. We are His possessions, for He created us.
Jesus tells us that just as the Father knows Him, and just as He knows His Father; so He knows us, and we know Him.
Like a good shepherd defending his sheep from wolf or lion, so Jesus defends us against our adversary, the wolf in sheep’s clothing or the lion who prowls about us, seeking one to devour.