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If a spotlight were to be put in front of you, could you tell me who Jesus Christ is to you, what does He represent to you? With all that we have looked at within the last 9 days, do you think that you can now transition to a level of worship where you know who Christ is? Today is a simple message and that is do you belong to Christ?
Now our hearts have been made open and our souls have been made clean, Lord teach our souls to recognise your voice and follow after you. Amen
Jesus calls himself *The Good Sheperd who tends to His sheep and His sheep follow after Him because they hear His voice. There are many titles we can give unto Jesus; our saviour, friend, Our God, Our King, Our Lord, our comforter, our Redeemer, our source of spiritual water, provider, restorer, life-giver, our righteousness, but perhaps the title that is most commonly used is ‘Jesus The Good Sheperd’, no other passage in the Bible spends such time reaffirming this title then John 10. To understand what makes a Shepard the perfect illustration of Christs’ love and compassion towards His people, we turn to David’s response before He went to slay the giant:
David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears”1 Samuel 17:34-36 (HCSB)
Before David was King, He was a Sheperd that tended after His Fathers sheep. In the same way, before Jesus was titled King and seated in the heavenly places, he humbled himself and came to Earth to tend after His sheep and lead them to the right pastures. Sheep are vulnerable creatures, if they see their peers walking towards a cliff they won’t rationalise, they will follow their peer all the way to the cliff and beyond. A Sheperd’s role is to protect these sheep from wandering astray and to protect them from the bears and the lions that will try to eat them. David faithfully did what His father asked Him to do, to protect the lambs, because those sheep were valuable to His Father and because they were valuable to His Father, they were also valuable to David, that unlike a ‘hired man’ (John 10:12), He was willing to ‘lay down his life for the sheep’ (10:11), He was willing to go up against Lions and bears with bare hands.
The sheep represent us, the believers, and represents how Christ would never leave nor forsake us even if lions were to come and attack us. However, a thief who knows not the sheep and cares little for them, will lead them in the wrong direction, but those whose hope and trust are grounded in the word of God (hearing Jesus), they do not follow after false Shepherds ‘instead they will run away from him, because they don’t recognise the voice of strangers’ (John 10:5).
So too we who are grounded in Gods word will not wonder or stray because of our Lord and protector according to Psalm 23 He:
- Lets us rest in abundance, for He is the God who came not just to ‘give us life, but life in ABUNDANCE’ (John 10:10)
- Came to give us peace, ‘I do not give to you [peace] as the world gives you, your heart must not be troubled or fearful'(John 14:27), He removed the fear of the enemy/ stranger so that we could live comfortably. We do not have this fear because we remain confident that our Lord will not leave us to the wolves like a hired man would (John 10:12-13)
I know we have played this song in ‘Seeing Greater Things’, but this song not only identifies who God is but reminds us where we are in His sight and how he views us. So to end this post I want us to really think about how valuable you are to the Lord that He would lay down His own life for you.
*Additional Note: There are many other shepherds but there is only one Good Sheperd, Christ does not say I am a good shepherd, instead, he says I am THE Good Sheperd. The article difference is so integral ‘a good shepherd’ can easily become ‘a bad shepherd’ , but ‘The good shepherd’ is a description of the person’s nature. Lets take for instance ‘a tree’, there is nothing to define this tree with, but when we say ‘the tree’ we are recognising that there is something unique that separates this tree from the others, its branches are different, its character is different , it is not one of many it is the only one. There is only One Good Sheperd.