Tuesday, June 16, 2015

He Is the Good Shepherd - June 16, 2015

Isaiah 40:11(New International Version)
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

John 10:11-18(New Living Translation)
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

Yes, like sheep we all can be very dumb sometimes, getting ourselves in trouble through our own stupidity. There are many times when we chose to go a different way from what the one we know we should, and when we encounter difficulty and get lost, we find ourselves "bleating" like a sheep wanting to be rescued. Once we hear the voice of the Shepherd, then we quickly find our way back into Him.

Jesus Christ made it very clear to the religious leaders of the day that the His sheep would know His voice, meaning that those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior know when He guides them, whether they be Jewish or Gentile. God calls and those who are His hear His voice, and as He promises that He will care for His sheep, even if it means laying down His life for them.

Thanks be to God that our Shepherd Jesus Christ DID lay down His life so that we would not be lost in our sins. Only the true Shepherd, the one true God would sacrifice Himself for us. No other religious system today or ever can claim that truth, for the sheep cannot save themselves. Only Jesus, God in the flesh and the true Shepherd, can claim that truth.

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