Readings: Psalms 131, 132, 133, 140, 142, Romans 11:25-36, John 10:14-42
Jesus gives us the rest of the answer in John Chapter 10, to the problem we saw unravelling yesterday in Jeremiah 25. Time after time, the underling shepherds have led the people astray. Jesus has and is the answer: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me…I lay down my life for the sheep… so there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
Yes, all who’ve come before are not true shepherds, but thieves and robbers, who’ve looked out for the good of themselves, but not the good of the flock. Jesus is different. He lays down his life for the sheep, “drawing all to himself” John 12:32. Do we forget this at times? He is doing the drawing, and the calling, our “job” is to point to Him, the one true shepherd. We do this with our words, our attitudes, our giving, our nurturing and feeding in his name, and most of all loving as Jesus loves us still. With a love that knows no sacrifice is too big, that everyone is in need of love and deserving of redemption because they are loved by God. Do we get in the way with judgment, selfishness, or even pride? Or do we exhibit the nature of the Good Shepherd and love as He loves, and give as He gives. In doing so, yes, we will suffer at times, but we will also experience and live into the joy of truly knowing Jesus as our Savior and Lord.