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GOOD SHEPHERD

Leslie M. John

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine”. (John 10:14)

John Chapter 10 deals with the subject of the relationship between Jesus and those who have accepted him as the Lord. Shepherd and his flock are compared to Jesus and his beloved ones. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He is the door and there is no other way to the pasture.

A thief does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but enters climbing the wall or by some other way. Jesus said, if any man enters by Him he shall be saved. A good shepherd gives life for his flock, but a hireling does not give his life. Hireling would run away leaving sheep helpless, when he encounters some danger. On the contrary, a good shepherd will leave ninety nine sheep aside and seek after the lost one sheep, and finds it and brings it back to the flock. The word, ‘know ‘ here shows the love that the sheep show toward their good shepherd, whom they trust and obey. Jesus asserts here that he is the good shepherd, who will not let his sheep be stolen by his enemy. He would leave ninety nine sheep aside for some time to go in search of one lost or backslidden sheep to bring it back to join the ninety nine.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and very God Himself. He said “All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, ad shall shew it unto you”. (John 16:15)

 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one”. (John 10:27-30).

Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus Christ in Colossians 1:15-18

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead that in all things he might have the preeminence”. (Colossians 1:15-18)

When we think of the sin King David did by committing adultery with Bathsheba we can not think of any reason why God would not forgive our sins. David was blessed one, God chose him to be King, yet one day when he saw from the roof of his home, a beautiful woman named Bathsheba washing herself, he sent messengers and took her, and committed sin with her. He did not end his iniquity there but conspired and got her husband, Uriah, killed in the battle. God punished David for his sin. (2Sam 11th Chapter). Davd’s first son from Bathsheba died, and David had to pay great penalty for his sin. Yet, when David repented of his sin, God had compassion on him and forgave him, and

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned  and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  (Psalm 51:1-4 ESV)

The Lord is my Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalms 23:1-6)

WORSHIP THE LORD

Jesus became poor for us even though he was rich in his glory and was with the Father from eternity. He said he is the beginning and he is the end; he is the Alpha and Omega. He is the creator of this universe, he owns everything, every creation and he is the King of kings, he is the Lord or lords, and he is the God of gods. (cf. Philippians 2:5-11)

Jesus says…
 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
 “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:29-30)

The Lord said to John not to be afraid of anything because He is the first and the last and the living One. He died, and is alive forevermore. He has the keys of the place where the souls of the dead remain and the bottomless pit. He had been there and came alive and, therefore, we who are the children of God need not be afraid of death because we will also rise from the dead.

The Lord commanded him to write the things that he has seen in the vision (that is of the things narrated in Chapter 1), and of those things that were in his days (that is the state of the seven churches during his days), and of those things that are to take place in future (that is of those things that would take place as narrated from Chapters 4 to 22). The Lord revealed the mystery to him that the seven stars he saw are the seven angels (that is seven messengers) of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. (cf. Rev. 1:17b-20)

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