“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep.” John 10:14

Christ knows all His sheep. His knowing His sheep — is His loving them. This is a great consolation.

He knows every one of their names. John 10:3, “He calls His own sheep by name.”

He knows all the sighs and groans they make. Psalm 38:9, “My groaning is not hidden from You.”

Christ knows every tear they shed. “I have seen your tears!” 2 Kings 20:5. He bottles their tears as precious wine. Psalm 56:8, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.”

He knows all their sufferings. “I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.” Ex. 3:9.The Lord saw the bitter suffering of everyone in Israel.” 2 Kings 14:26

Christ knows all their good works — all their works of piety and charity. “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance.” Revelation 2:2

“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep.” What a comfort is this!

“He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. Then the King will say to thoseon the right — Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!” Matthew 25:33-34.

— Thomas Watson