The Great Shepherd

September 29, 2021

Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—through the blood of the everlasting covenant…

Hebrews 13:20c

Written by Jaclyn Swencki from the Brentwood Campus

A Lesson with a Leash

My husband and I have 2 fur-kids: a 25-lb. miniature Australian Shepherd named Banjo and a 65-lb. Australian Shepherd mix named Tolkien. Recently, at the end of our walks, Banjo begins to beg for his big brother’s leash so he can lead (Okay, more like herd!) Tolkien where he needs to be.

So, as we reach the driveway, we will hand the leash over to Banjo and say, “Take Tolkien home!” With all care and protection, Banjo guides his big brother to our door, ensuring he doesn’t stray along the way.

 

Just Like The Sheep…

So many times, we find ourselves like my Tolkien—straying, distracted, and in desperate need of guidance. However, throughout the Bible, we as humans aren’t being compared to cute, cuddly dogs, but instead to smelly, stubborn sheep. Sheep are often so matted they can’t see, and unlike dogs, they are some of the least intelligent creatures. I don’t know about you, but I’d much prefer to be compared to a dog than to a sheep!

But there’s great significance in God’s use of sheep to describe humans, because much like sheep, we need a shepherd. A shepherd’s main responsibility is to keep his flock intact and to protect and provide for each of them. When one sheep goes missing, the shepherd will search high and low to bring the one back to where it belongs.

 

No Ordinary Shepherd

However, our Shepherd isn’t just any shepherd leading his flock. He is the Great Shepherd who has perfect knowledge of us, our needs, and our hearts. He will defend, guide, and protect us. Even in our darkest valleys, His love covers us in order to provide the comfort and perfect peace that can only come from Him (Psalm 23:4).

But what truly makes our Shepherd “Great”? He laid down His life for us (John 10:11), and He deeply cares when one of His own sheep has gone astray. He holds out His hand to you and me, saying, “Follow Me! I will lead you home.”

 

Now What?

Take a moment to reflect on the truth that you have a Great Shepherd to guide you. Consider those around you who may or may not know Him. Pray for opportunities to share your light of Jesus with those who may be walking through a dark alley. Thank Him for making His love known.

 

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