Mid Week Meditation pt. 36Submitted on: December 21, 2017
Based on Biblical Text: John 10:11
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”
Why do we need a Shepherd? Could it possibly be that we worship Him on Sunday, but raise hell on Monday? Is it possibly that we pray on Wednesday, but spew venom on Thursday?
Isaiah prophesied about the Shepherd more than 700 years before His arrival. The Bible says, “He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd”. The truth of the matter is, we are more likely to understand our need for the shepherd and be less likely to leave the shepherd when we know what he does for us. When we understand how it is Jesus feeds us.
The Shepherd is our Provider. Jesus Christ is our limitless resource for salvation and sustenance. He reminded the disciples, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Beloved, could you possibly expect that Jesus Christ would have much more to give than to sacrifice himself for our sins, and create for us a path of reconciliation to His Father! The fact is we needed a Savior! We needed someone whose passion for His people is greater than His love of life. We needed someone who could overcome the sins of the flesh by the power of His Father, and once and for all, pay the price for our salvation.
When we come to understand what the shepherd does for us we will find that Jesus doesn’t just rescue us and just provide for us. Jesus is our Perfector. Jesus takes what little we bring to the table on our own and He improves on us. In other words, He takes our tattered, corrupt, sinful flesh and molds and shapes us like clay on a potter’s wheel. The Bible says, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).
We need to understand that the “Great” Shepherd’s purpose is to make us perfect in all that we do for Him. His purpose is to teach us how to live in the will of His Father, so we will be pleasing to God. When we listen with ears of faith Jesus is able to take away our vain conceit, and teach us how to put others first. Jesus is able to take away our self-centeredness, and teach us how to live a God-centered life. The Shepherd doesn’t just save us; He improves on us. Jesus Christ, our Shepherd gives us a common focus. When we are obedient Jesus gives us a desire to serve and work together. When we allow the love of the shepherd to reach our heart Jesus gives us a common reference point and moves us to live in harmony with each other, pursuing our common goal of offering His salvation to the world.
If we trust Jesus Christ as our Shepherd, He will teach us how to fight the good fight, bear our cross, obey His commands, and gain the victory. Because “He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd!”
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