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The Comfort of the Good Shepherd
Jesus Picks You Up In His Comforting Embrace!
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. John 10: 3–4
God thinks like the shepherd who lays down his life in order to defend and save his sheep. — Author: Pope Francis
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Jameson’s beautiful story will shine Jesus’ love for you.
the Good Shepherd will protect His sheep, even if it costs Him His life. Jameson Steward
Now, Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Who are His sheep? Who is His flock? According to God’s Word, His sheep are His chosen people. His followers. Those who have faithfully trusted in Him as their Saviour and Lord. Those who love Him, and turn to Him for comfort, guidance and protection. Those who listen to His voice.
Why you may ask, does Jesus see us as sheep? Is it our tendency to wander off? The fact we are unable to defend ourselves from the evil in this world? Then we have to be open and honest. We are indeed helpless without a shepherd.
What does Jesus mean by being our shepherd? Our Lord announced to the world in Ezekiel’s book, that He was the good shepherd. That He was indeed Almighty God. How did He make this announcement?
Jesus was foretelling that He was the good Shepherd. Jesus was announcing to the world that He was God Almighty. Establishing Himself as the prophecised Saviour of humanity. (See 1 John 10:14–16) By making this claim He was calling all who would listen to His voice. He was implementing a way for restoration and renewal.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3
Ezekiel speaks of God’s promise to restore and renew Israel. And all of those who hear His voice. This is a message of hope. This message of hope begins in Ezekiel, Chapter 34, verses 11 to 16. Where Yahweh, LORD, will again be His chosen people’s King and shepherd.
Until the birth of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. David and his following generations served as God’s representatives, kings over Israel.
Who now is our good shepherd? When you combine the Gospel of Matthew, which speaks of Jesus as coming from the line of David. (See Matthew Chapter 1) The Gospel of Mark testifies that Jesus verily is the Son of God. (See Mark Chapter 1) These chapters verify that Jesus Christ at birth is both the Son of God and the promised shepherd, David’s replacement. Validating that Jesus is God Almighty.
The writings and the prophets in the Old Testament all bear witness to the promise that Jesus is the good shepherd so welcomed by the Israelites.
The Word of God abounds with truths about this promise of Jesus’s comfort and protection. Where His rod and staff will comfort and protect us all the days of our lives.
We should be singing “hallelujah!” Jesus our good shepherd reigns. Jesus, God Almighty lifts you up in His loving arms. Jesus the Son of God protects and cares for you. You are well aware of the 23rd Psalm. The green pastures are where He leads you. You are one of His sheep. You are one of His chosen people. All you need to do is have faith and believe in Him. All you need to do is choose to follow Jesus all the days of your life.
Jesus has come to rescue you from your weakness. He holds you tenderly in His loving embrace when you are broken-hearted.
When the world seems to be against you. Your Lord, your loving shepherd is with you guiding and comforting you.
Jesus is not only your shepherd. He is also God Almighty. Jesus the Son of God. Jesus Christ is your Lord, Your King. David’s replacement from His miraculous birth to eternity. His reign over His chosen people is supreme. His protection and comfort for you are also supreme.
He has paid a price for our love. Our devotion. He wants more than our trembling obedience. He desires. He longs to create in us new hearts. New spirits.
Jesus loved humanity so much that He laid down His own life in our place. By His sacrificial death and resurrection, we have a way to be washed clean. Through Jesus Christ, our Saviour we are justified. Washed pure and righteous once more. Fully acceptable again to our Heavenly Father.
The Apostle Paul promises that this purification is available to all who believe and follow Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. (See Ephesians 2:11–22)
Christ as your Good Shepherd testifies that He cares for your day-to-day concerns. Just like an actual shepherd cares for the concerns of his flock each day.
Picture a shepherd tending his flock in the fields. He has to ensure they have enough food, water and shelter. He has to protect them from thieves and predators. He has to ensure they remain healthy. And, oh! so many other things he has to worry about constantly. He has to give his full and unfailing attention. A good shepherd is prepared to lay down his life for his sheep.
This and so much more is how Jesus cares for you. His loved one. He knows your needs even before you ask. He never sleeps. He never forgets you. He never leaves you alone. He tenderly lifts you up when you stumble and fall. He searches for you when you are lost and alone. His Holy Spirit is at your bedside when you are ill or injured.
He is on guard against any evil that may come your way. He has indeed sacrificed His life for you! He is Risen and is sitting on the Throne alongside God His Heavenly Father!
Shepherds in the time of Christ were hard-working, solitary men. Often living in places others would be too fearful to go. Shepherds cared for and tended their flocks with tenderness and constant awareness. They searched for lost ones. Gave milk to orphans. Tended the sick and injured. And so much more.
This and more than you will ever realize is how much Jesus loves and cares for you. His loved one.
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm, He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. Isaiah 40:11
In the 23rd Psalm, the Psalmist speaks of the rod and staff comforting. The shepherds in Christ’s era protected and managed their sheep with a special staff. It had a hook on the end to rescue wandering sheep. The rod of this staff was used to encourage the sheep to remain within their flock.
Sheep are renowned for their tendency to be timid and vulnerable. Unable to protect themselves from thieves and wolves.
We also are like sheep. We need Jesus’ staff and rod to comfort and protect us. We need loving arms to run to in times of danger.
Jesus the Son of God. Jesus, God Almighty. Jesus the Good Shepherd loves you and cares for you.
His rod and staff will comfort and protect you all the days of your life.
God loves you and always will!
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