Sunday, January 01, 2023
Jesus Is The Good Shepherd
JOHN 10:11-13 NKJ 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 "But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 "The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
Jesus is no hireling who might desert His sheep. If you belong to Jesus, you need never fear being without help and provision.
Jesus promised He will NEVER leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). No matter what we face in this life (or afterward), Jesus will be there with us to help us.
How can we judge whether a shepherd is good, or not?
We can only evaluate how good a shepherd is by the condition of his flock. If the flock is not in top shape, or they lack anything, it is evident the shepherd is not doing a good job.
Jesus is not just "a good shepherd." He is "THE" good shepherd. He is the very definition of what a good shepherd is. No one is better!
You may look around, even at your own life, and think that many of Jesus' sheep are in bad shape.
Yet we must understand that if we run away from Jesus and refuse to allow Him to shepherd us, it is not His fault if we are in bad shape.
When we run off and do our own thing, we should not blame Jesus if the outcome is not good.
If we do ever find ourselves in poor shape, we should question whether we are really allowing Jesus to be our Shepherd, or whether we have ignored Jesus and chose to go our own way.
So any time we find ourselves facing any trouble or need, our first reaction should be to run to our Shepherd. He is always ready, willing, and able to help us -- even to the point of giving up His life for our benefit! That is how good and dedicated our wonderful Shepherd is!
SAY THIS: I am privileged to have the best shepherd in the universe taking care of me: my Lord Jesus Christ!
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