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TO CHEW ON: "He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young." Isaiah 40:11
The picture of Jesus as our shepherd is, of all the ways He is depicted throughout the Bible, perhaps the most comforting. From Psalms to Revelation, this metaphor keeps recurring. It shows us that Jesus is:
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young" (New Living Translation - Isaiah 40:11).
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will" (New Living Translation - Hebrews 13:20-21).
- Welcoming the wanderers
- Crowning the faithful
- Shepherding us in eternity
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (NIV - Revelation 7:17).
So, if you are in need, He promises to provide. If you are hurting, He will be tender with you. If you have loved ones who have never found Him, or have wandered away, He is seeking them and will welcome them back. If you are weary, He awaits in eternity with your crown, a hug and a Kleenex for your tears.
How do you need Him to be your shepherd today?
PRAYER: Thank You for this wonderful picture of Your care for me as my Shepherd. Help me to be a responsive, obedient sheep today. Amen.
MORE: Handel's Messiah
I can't read this chapter of Isaiah without hearing the great strains of many of the songs from Handel's Messiah:
"Comfort Ye My People"
"And the Glory"
"He Shall Feed His Flock"