“I am the Good Shepherd,
The good shepherd lays down
his life for the sheep…
I am the Good Shepherd.
I know my own and my own know me…”
That baby boy born on a starry night
Is the very One who died to give us life
The Lord who wore a crown of thorns
Still fights for my life and for yours
He goes before you and always makes a way
Listen to Him when He calls you by name
Take Him for His Word when He declares
That He always listens, loves, and cares
And just as He’ll live forever and ever
So will the love of our Good Shepherd
Shepherd. It was an occupation for the lowly in Jesus’ time, and yet, He chose to make this humble title a glorious facet of His identity. Have we ever stopped to think what the job o f a shepherd—a good shepherd—entails? It’s not a task of just sitting at bay or for half the
day —even while he sleeps a shepherd is working, his own body serving as a barrier between wild animals and his precious sheep. It’s more than passively overlook king a flock. No, a good shepherd chases his wandering sheep, grooms his sheep, feeds his sheep, protects his sheep, leads his sheep… From birth to last breath, every single moment of a sheep’s life is branded with the undeniable fact that its shepherd is good. Our Good Shepherd and Heavenly Father is far more involved in our lives than we’ve imagined.
“…The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
Perhaps we have underestimated the extent that Jesus Christ wants to care for us. Perhaps we’ve viewed His coming in our lives more as a small role rather than the essence of our life as a whole. The outworking of His Love does not end at His humble birth. He does not
stop at His resurrection, nor does He draw back the moment you believe. He is Love, forever present. From the moment He calls you his own, He constantly tends to you in the most perfect and intricate ways that only a Good Shepherd knows to do. The next time you doubt just how far God’s interest is in you, remember that the love of the Shepherd for the children he calls his own has no bounds. He will never stop leading, He will never stop teaching, and He will never stop speaking.