The Lord is my Good Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Those who are willing to read
God’s word for themselves – and keep reading so that they get its full
flavour and meaning – are conscious of the amazing message that becomes
clearer the more they read. But sadly there are others that hinder the
message – Jesus says, “He who is a hired hand, who does not own the
sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees and the wolf
snatches them and scatters them” (John 10:12). But scattered sheep can
listen and, even today, hear “the good shepherd” by reading his words
and those of his disciples and other of God’s prophets. If they feed on
them every day they find the only true pasture in the wilderness of this
world – and will come into the promised land.
Christ, the Good Shepherd (saintbarbarablog.wordpress.com) Shrek, a Merino male sheep in New Zealand, gained some fame back in 2004
for eluding capture and sheering for 6 years. He was finally caught on
April 15, 2004 (no, the IRS was not involved) and shorn of the 60 lbs of
wool he had accumulated (enough to make suits for 20 men). He was
carrying around 5 to 6 times the regular weight of his fleece, simply
because he was avoiding his shepherd. + How long do you think it will take Christ to free you of your burdens?
Christ, the Good Shepherd is calling you, and He is leading the way to
green pastures. He does not walk behind, driving the flock like a herd
of cattle. Rather, he walks in front, and those who hear His voice
follow Him. Will you follow?
The one about the good shepherd (drewdowns.net) few of us really know anything about sheep herding. It really is not
an image that is for us. Shepherds aren’t our thing. The image of Jesus
as a shepherd, in some ways is fossilized. Cast in stone. Or set in
Throughout all of the gospels Jesus speaks again and again about
being a shepherd. And when he does, he is all kinds of different types
of shepherds. He is all over the place. He has different values and a
different purpose with his flock. It is hard to get a bead on where he
is going with it.
Of Sheep and Shepherds (revnigelcarter.wordpress.com) In many places today sheep are herded by being driven from behind,
often with the help of sheep dogs and farm vehicles. It’s a benign
practice but it conjures up completely the wrong image of Jesus as the
Instead, picture the shepherd as the one who spends a lot of time in
the fields with his sheep, looking out for their needs, tending to the
injured ones, protecting them from wolves and other predators, even at
the risk of his own life.
The sheep come to know their shepherd and, crucially, will follow him
as he leads them to fresh pastures. They don’t need to be “driven” into
the safety of the sheep pen. They will follow the shepherd they trust.
This is the word-picture of the ancient shepherd which Jesus is painting.
Christ Our Sheperd (crowleyfirstumc.wordpress.com) The Bible often compares us to sheep. Like sheep, we may go astray
by following someone who is not our shepherd. Like sheep, we are easily
frightened when venturing into unfamiliar territory. Like sheep, we
need a shepherd to guide us, to protect us, to lead us to clean water
and green pastures.
Christ is our shepherd. He does not walk away from us, leaving us
bewildered and forlorn. He does not wait for us to come to him, but
comes to us and teaches us his ways: kindness, compassion, and courage
in the face of opposition and adversity. Listening to Jesus, we find
John 10:11 NKJV - He gave His life for me (pagprayer.wordpress.com) Jesus as our shepherd did more than risk His life, He gave His life,
enduring death on behalf of sinners. Jesus’ total giving of Himself is
shown supremely in His obedient suffering and death on the cross. This
act of giving continues to motivate and inspire Christians today. + Jesus continues to pursue those who are lost as a shepherd for his
sheep. Stop for a moment and listen. Jesus is calling your name. He
wants to return you to the flock where He can love and care for you.
God’s desire has never changed. He desires to spend eternity with you.