Residing round Wayne County for nearly your total life would lead many to imagine that, by default, you might be educated about farming, crops and the Amish. To take it a step additional, rising up in Smithville would lead folks to imagine these issues about me as properly. Nevertheless, I do know little or no about any of them. However one factor I’ve typically discovered fascinating as a Christian is how ceaselessly the Lord describes His followers as His flock or His sheep.
Years in the past, I bear in mind listening to just a few associates who’re farmers speak about sheep. Sheep are meek animals, light and quiet. They are often very sensible creatures and have the cognitive skill like people to type lengthy lasting bonds with one another. They’ve related feelings to us with regard to worry, pleasure, boredom and anger. They acknowledge their shepherd and know the voice of those that look after them.
In Israel, within the time of Jesus and in trendy occasions, the shepherd would lead the sheep. They’d go in entrance of the sheep who would, in flip, comply with the shepherd. If one sheep would go astray, then a shepherd would name the misplaced sheep by identify. When the misplaced sheep hears its identify being referred to as by the shepherd, it’s going to come to the shepherd and comply with.
A great shepherd is aware of their sheep so properly that they’ve names for every sheep. The shepherd is aware of their sheep and cares for his or her sheep in a manner that we’d discover loopy. When the shepherd and the flock come to a river or creek, the shepherd will carry every of the sheep to security. Or when a sheep is attacked by a vicious animal, the shepherd will struggle off the predator to save lots of and rescue the sheep. They won’t even threat dropping the lifetime of one of many sheep from the flock as a result of that one sheep’s life is simply too invaluable to them.
In verse 11, Jesus says that HE is the shepherd and that He lays down His life for the sheep. Not just like the employed hand, the employee who’s in it for the cash, who doesn’t personal the sheep and won’t struggle to save lots of the lifetime of the sheep. Jesus is sort of the alternative. He’s the great shepherd who fights and defends His sheep. He is aware of every of His sheep and His sheep know Him and comply with Him.
And if only one sheep from the flock comes up lacking, the shepherd will depart the flock collectively and go and name out the identify of the misplaced sheep and seek for the one that’s lacking. They understand that there’s a threat concerned to find the one that’s misplaced however they won’t cease or relaxation till they discover it. Sheep like to remain collectively. So, if one is lacking, the shepherd is aware of one thing is incorrect. The herd, as a complete, is powerful however one misplaced sheep is ready to be attacked. The misplaced sheep may very well be trapped, sick or wounded. A great shepherd is aware of that, within the open nation away from the flock, the misplaced sheep is in peril. And they won’t relaxation till it’s discovered.
Jesus is our Good Shepherd. I do know this as a result of, once I was misplaced from the flock, He got here and located me and He carried me again to security once I couldn’t stroll alone. Have you learnt the Good Shepherd? Do you acknowledge His voice? And are you following the Shepherd?