Savior Series

Jesus Our Good Shepherd

I started out with a specific idea in my head about looking at Jesus as our savior, redeemer,salvation, etc… but again like God always does He has moved me in another direction.

This past Saturday I posted about God’s direction and the gift of salvation to renew our mind and transform our heart. If you didn’t get a chance to read about it, HERE it is.

I alluded to the idea of God’s leading and direction in that post, so that is where we are going.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. Jesus leads us and guides us.

Today’s verse comes from Isaiah 40 (yes, we’re going back there)

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

verse 10 talks about our Sovereign Lord with His mighty hand.

To be honest this is exactly how I picture the “Mighty God” and the “Sovereign God”

The only one that can swoop in and take control (or wipe everything out) in a matter of seconds.

I find comfort in His sovereignty, but I realize some people may not be so comforted by that fact.

Sovereignty in this passage refers to, ” to rule, have dominion, to reign”. He is our ruler because He is our creator.

But again, to be under control or under the authority of anyone telling me what to do, doesn’t usually sit well with me. (just ask my husband, haha!)

This is why the next verse is so important because we don’t just obey a “ruler with an iron fist” we obey our gentle and compassionate shepherd.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

He tends to us. He gathers us in His arms. He carries us and leads us.

While our God is mighty and all powerful and all-knowing, he also is gentle, loving and kind.

How do I know this? How do we know this is true beyond this verse simply calling him a shepherd?

Jesus. Because he didn’t just hold the title of the good shepherd, he lived it.

To shepherd means to “to tend, to care for”.

It is to take an extra measure to ensure the well being of others (referring to people not sheep)

Jesus tended to people by listening to them, healing them, providing for them and counseling them. He took the extra step to be a quiet and gentle leader, people followed him because they saw the Good shepherd in action.

This really is the heart of why we obey and follow God’s instruction, because we know He cares for us.

God sent his son Jesus to give us real life examples of His character that we can trust.

“He gathers the lambs in his arms”

 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:14-15

“He carries them close to his heart”

 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept. John 11:33-35

“He gently leads”

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 12:18-19

As we see above, Jesus not only “talked the talk” but also, “walked the walk”.

The good news friends is that because Jesus in in us, we also can tend and care for others.

who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:4

The hardest part of “tending to our flock” and caring for others is that we have personal hurts and pain that often hinder us from from seeing beyond ourselves.

That’s when we need to lean on our “Good Shepherd” more than ever.

Yes, I realize this is somewhat ending mid-thought, but I promise I will continue tomorrow…

Action Point:

How can you tend and care for the needs of those around you? (challenging when we can’t be face-to-face with people) but is there a way you could look outside your own problems for a moment and bless others?

In what ways can God’s sovereign hand provide you comfort and peace during this uncertain time?

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Additional Scripture:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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