By Dan Polecheck
Sheep are dumb. They need someone to show them where there is quiet, calm water for them to quench their thirst. They need someone to lead them to the pastures for their food. Someone has to protect them when threatened and guard them to assure that they are not attacked. Ancient shepherds knew every sheep by name. And in turn the sheep knew their shepherd’s voice. Even if two flocks were grazing together and were intermingled they would follow their shepherd’s voice even if the two shepherds called them at the same time. They never followed the wrong voice.
We aren’t very smart sometimes either. Face it, We do stupid things. We to sometimes stray and get lost to be devoured by the Evil One.
We need someone who can detect the grief, loneliness, and pain that can sometimes overwhelm us. We don’t need someone to drive us until we find our way. We need someone to gently guide us. We don’t need someone who belittles us or looks down on us when we get lost. We need someone who looks for us, hears our cries and saves us. We don’t need someone who will scold us when we lag behind. We need someone who will gather us up and carry us in His arms to safety.
In Biblical times the shepherd would bring his lamb to the sanctuary and confess his sins. The lamb would be slain and its blood would be shed – a life for a life.
Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! – John 1:29
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, became a Lamb and sacrificed His life for our sins.
When is the last time you got down on your knees and thanked Jesus Christ for the sacrifice He made for you?
When is the last time you shared His story with someone who has not yet come to know the Lord?
It is my prayer for you that you will step forward and bear fruit.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. – John 15:1-2