He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. ~Col. 1:17-18
Christ know this and His depiction of us as “sheep” is not meant to be unkind at all. He is the Good Shepherd who “knows his sheep”. Even today when shepherds get caught in the rain and have to hole up in a cave overnight they easily separate the sheep the next day by simply walking a distance apart and calling out. Their own sheep know their voice and gather around them.
Jesus doesn’t come moralizing. He comes to be with us and for us to be found in Him. We unravel when we meet Him and He comes in and ravels within holding things together. To the extent we allow Him first place in everything this raveling is clean and straight and true. And if it starts to go awry in the Church we can pause…just stop and unravel some. He is the head of the body. Refocus on Him as the head. Allow the raveling to continue again.