2011-08-20 - Jesus the Shepherd
There are numerous accounts of shepherds in the Bible. David was a shepherd before he was summoned by the prophet Samuel, to be anointed King. The shepherds were watching their flocks by night, when Jesus was born. And, in John 10:2, Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd.
A shepherd is totally responsible for his flock. The welfare of the sheep is entirely in his hands. The shepherd makes sure that they get food and water. The shepherd protects them from predators. And, when the sheep fall over, the shepherd uprights them before they perish.
Doesn't that sound like what our Lord does for us? Our welfare is dependent on God. He provides us with food?both physically and spiritually. He protects us from evils and dangers. And, He saves us from our sins when we have fallen.
We can be thankful that we have Jesus for our Good Shepherd.