Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Christ, the Good Shepherd

My sister-in-law passed away yesterday. Because I will be out of town for a few days, I am going to publish some Psalms devotions from my archives through this Sunday, and then will be writing again for the Monday, November 19th devotional.

This devotional from Psalm 23 was first published on February 19th of this year.

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

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23

Who is Christ? Christ is the Shepherd.

Notice the Bible passages above; in John 10, Jesus is making a proclamation, telling us that He is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.

In Psalm 23, the Psalmist says that the LORD is MY shepherd. Christ is the Shepherd, and Christians who have gone to Christ for forgiveness for their sins are the sheep.

What does it mean that Christ is the Shepherd? Why is this important for Christians?What does a Shepherd do for the sheep?

A shepherd cares for the sheep. When the sheep are sick he nurses them back to health, when they wander away he goes and finds them, he takes them to good pastureland to feed, he makes sure they have water to drink, and he uses his rod and staff to discipline them for their own protection. A shepherd also protects his sheep; sheep are extremely vulnerable. If they happen to roll over onto their back, they will die unless someone comes and rolls them back onto their feet. They also have no defense against their predators: lions, bears, wolves, etc. Unless their shepherd is close by to protect them, they will die when their enemies enter their flock.

Christ does all of these same things for His sheep! He never leaves or forsakes them, but is constantly watching over them 24/7. Christians can completely trust in Him; even when going through the valley of the shadow of death, He is right there beside them. Because of this goodness and mercy follows them all the days of their lives, and they will dwell in His house forevermore!

Who is Christ? Christ is the Shepherd. What an awesome Shepherd we have!

God Bless You,
Linda

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