11.30.15 The Great Shepherd
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 50:11
Shepherd is a relative name; it has reference to a flock. This great and good Shepherd has a flock whom He loved from everlasting , and whom having loved , He will love to the end (John 13:1)
He humbled Himself for their sakes, submitted to partake of their nature and their sorrows, took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He died for His sheep, the just for the unjust (I Peter 3:18) , to redeem them from the curse of the law, from the guilt and dominion of sin, from the power of Satan, and to bring them to God. They, by nature, are all gone astray, every one to his own way (Isaiah 53:6) ; but having thus bought them with His blood, in His own appointed time, He seeks, finds, and restores His sheep. By the power of His Word and Spirit, He makes Himself known to their hearts, causes them to hear and understand His voice, and guides them into the fold. Then, they became His sheep in the sense of my text. They are under His immediate protection and government.
Considered as individuals, they are fitly described by the name of sheep. A sheep is a weak, defenceless, improvident creature; prone to wander, and if once astray, is seldom known to return of its own accord. A sheep has neither strength to fight with the wolf, nor speed to escape from him; nor has it the fore-sight of the ant, to provide its own sustenance. Such is our character, and our situation. Unable to take care of ourselves, prone to wander from our resting-place, exposed to enemies which we can neither withstand nor avoid, without resource in ourselves, and taught, by daily experience, the insufficiency of everything around us. Yet, if this Shepherd be our Shepherd, weak and helpless as we are, we may be of good courage. If we say with David, The LORD is my Shepherd, we may make the same inferences he did, Therefore I shall not want; therefore I need not fear.
He leads them into green and pleasant pastures. These pastures are His Word and Ordinances, by which He communicates to them of His own fulness; for, in strict propriety of speech, He Himself is their Food. They eat His Flesh and drink His blood (John 6:54)
He guides them and guards them. He heals them, It is He, likewise, who heals their bodily sickness, and gives them help in all their temporal trouble. He is represented to us, as counting their sighs (Psalm 56:8) , putting their tears into His bottle, recording their sorrows in His book of remembrance; and even, as being Himself touched with a feeling of their infirmities (Hebrews 4:15) , as the Head feels for the members of the Body.
Hebrews 13:20-21 is a favourite prayer for many church leaders. They may work very hard to look after God’s people (here called his ‘sheep’), but they cannot do everything. So it encourages those church leaders to know that Christ is looking after his people. He is like a shepherd who looks after his sheep (Luke 15:3-7; John 10:1-18).
A shepherd is someone who takes care of sheep. Ezekiel chapter 34 explains how God is like a shepherd. A good shedpherd gives special attention to any sheep that are weak or ill. He makes sure that the sheep have enough food and water. He defends them from wild animals and thieves. He leads his sheep (Psalm 23).
Christ, as the great shepherd, cares very much about his people. He understands their weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). He warns them when they do wrong things (Hebrews 12:5-6). And that brings them comfort as he leads them (Psalm 23:4). They must pass through some difficult places, but he has gone there ahead of them (Hebrews 2:14-15). He suffered death in order to overcome the power of death.
If any of you are parents you kind of know what it means to be the shepherd because you want to make sure your children are fed, clothed and well. Lord I come to You thanking You for being my Shepherd. You are always there for me no matter what. I love talking to You whenever I need to, the line is never busy and I call 24-7. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen