11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
-You can find out how committed a person is by how they react when trouble comes. As Jesus tells us here, when the wolves are at the door, the hirelings will run away. But Jesus is not scared of the wolves and He doesn’t run from His sheep when the path is difficult. Punishing wickedness and sin would have been easy for God, but dying on a cross to atone for wickedness and sin is hard; yet that is exactly what He did to save us. The Bible teaches that “a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17), but it also teaches that Jesus is “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)