Day 39: The Good Shepherd
Read John 9-10
As a young child, we are told from the get go, you never talk to people we do not know. “There are bad people out there”, “ I don’t want anything to happen to you, “ Its not safe, are all sayings that you have probably heard from your parents in regard to don’t talk to strangers. We even have the saying, stranger danger, to help kids remember. Our parents are looking out for us in a loving way, and wants nothing to happen to you. They would go as far as to lay down their own life in order to protect you. The love a father or mother has for their children is something that will never be able to be explained.
In John 10: 1-19 we see Jesus defining himself as the Good shepherd. We see where he says, the good shepherd will lay down his life for his sheep. When a wolf or something comes to attack his sheep, the hired hand will leave the sheep to the wolf, for they are not his own. Jesus however is our good shepherd; he will lay down his life for his sheep. The truth behind this passage is not about the story, but the background to what is going to happen later on in his life. He will be crucified for the sins of the world; he will lay down his life for his followers. Do you realize the importance behind what he has done for us?
Our parents take care of us on an earthly level, but our savior Jesus Christ takes care of us on our spiritual level. Is God your shepherd? Is he leading your life, or do you have a hired hand leading you, and when the times get tough will leave you? That is a serious question to ask yourself, because if the answer to Is Jesus your shepherd, if that is not right. You will always be let down, and when you need someone the most, they will not be there themselves. Jesus is the good shepherd, he loves you, he cares for you, and wants what is best for you. Go to him as he calls your name, he wants you to answer. Answer to the Good Shepherd, our lord and savior Jesus Christ.