I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. John 10:11
How great it is to have our shepherd be Jesus? He paid the ultimate price for us and has shared the perfect example of how he will take care of us. The Good Shepherd knows each of us and wants to leads us to green pastures.
In my very short sheep research I was able to read and come to understand the sheep “hard-wire” instinct to follow those around them. How true is that of us? As a child, young adult, and into my adulthood many times I would find myself following the wrong crowd or wandering off. Often of the world and failing the test of listening to God and not the world. 1 John 4:4-6.
My actions of sheepish instincts requires the love of the Good Shepherds staff. This can be a generous hit by the end to get me back going the right direction or the use of the hook to take me out of a situation. In both cases his love is provided throughout. John 10 some reminders that represents His love for us.
- John 10:3-4 He goes before us calling each one of our names and leads us out of danger.
- John 10:7 Jesus is the gatekeeper to an eternal pasture.
- John 10:11 He lays down his life for us.
- John 10:14-16 Jesus is the shepherd of us all calling us all to one flock with one shepherd.
Dear Jesus, Good Shepherd, you tend over your flock always and know our every need. May your crook and your staff always protect us and guide us through all the troubles of this life. Help us from wandering and allow us to lead others to an eternity with you and your love. Shepherd us to have conversations with others about your glorious kingdom waiting us. Amen
Merry Christmas Bible Journal Family ~ What an amazing year, I pray that reading God’s words of encouragement and guidance has made been a blessing in you and your families lives. I know it has in ours. We love you.
Francis Chan: I am the Good Shepherd
Listen to how Francis Chan explains how God has called us to be a shepherd and a sheep.
Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 24; Revelation 11; Zechariah 7; John 10