Jesus is the good shepherd


September 8

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14,15).

 

A shepherd protects his sheep at all cost.  Many nights a shepherd stays awake to watch over his sheep to protect them from dangerous animals.  A shepherd walks for miles with his sheep to find them water and he anoints them to protect them from tormenting insects.  He keeps them from dangerous pathways with a rod and a staff when they attempt to foolishly wander.  He leads them to green pasture for a consistent supply of food and nourishment.

 

Jesus describes Himself as “The Good Shepherd”.  He feeds, protects, guides, and cares for us and He went one step further – He gave His life as a ransom for us. He died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, failures, and mistakes. He took our shame and guilt and gave us freedom and purpose in life.  If that was not enough, He also put His Spirit in us so that we will never be alone without God in us.

 

With the Lord Jesus Christ as your Shepherd you have His guaranteed protection, preservation, and provision always.

 

Kingdom Declaration:

Jesus Christ is my Shepherd and King.

 

Read the Bible in One Year: Proverbs 3-5; 2 Corinthians 1