Jesus, Our Good Shepherd

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While we might like to think that we are brave, courageous and can be counted on in times of need, the truth is, we seldom stop and pull over to help a person change a flat tire. When was the last time you stopped to open a door or help a person load a cart of groceries into their car?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep.” [Ps. 23] (John 10: 11, AMP)

 

In this verse, Jesus refers to Himself as the “Good Shepherd.” He goes on to say that a good shepherd risks His life and willingly gives His life for His sheep. Whenever I read this verse, I’m reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and that His crucifixion and resurrection is why He came. He came to preach the Gospel and shed His blood for our sins that we might be saved, redeemed and reconciled to God. 

We hear stories on the news about acts of courage and heroism where a person risks or even sacrifices his life for the lives of others. We live in a society where we expect this level of sacrifice from men and women in the military, our firefighters and law enforcement personnel. The next time you go to the grocery store or walk into your office building, look around and see if you can identify the person who would readily risk or sacrifice his life for you. In fact, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Would I lay down my life for others, even people who have rejected or betrayed me?” For most of us, the answer would be “No.” While we might like to think that we are brave, courageous and can be counted on in times of need, the truth is, we seldom stop and pull over to help a person change a flat tire. When was the last time you stopped to open a door or help a person load a cart of groceries into their car?

Child of God, when was the last time you thanked Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross?

I praise God daily that He sent us Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Jesus already proved His love for us through His death on the cross. He proved that he can be trusted. I have decided to trust Him and follow Him anywhere! How about you?

 

Father, thank you for sending your Son to be our Good Shepherd. Holy Spirit, teach me to hear you, trust you, and to follow you no matter what. Help me be a good shepherd and to sacrifice myself willingly for the needs of others. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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