One of the most wonderful things in the world is to discover that we are under the care of the most tender shepherd. The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep. He leads them and He goes before them. They may not know where they are going but they follow the One who knows the way.
The Good Shepherd speaks to his sheep.
My sheep hear my voice.
The Good Shepherd never deserts any of His sheep. In his life, Jesus, the Lord, lay down his life for his sheep. Peter denied Jesus..but Jesus came back to claim him.
The cross shows our Good Shepherd and where his love for us led him. We can never fully understand this kind of commitment. We can only be in awe of a shepherd who cares for us in all our sin and brokenness and stretched out his arms on the old wooden cross for a world of sinners.
He came for all of us. He calls all of us. We reach out to others with our imperfect love and imperfect ways.
Christian, the Lord says, "Follow me."
Jesus has given us all we need to find protection and grace. He ever lives to make intercession for us, his little sheep. When we don't know where to go, we can always go to the Shepherd of our souls.
And so as we reflect on His commitment to us we look out at the world he died for and pray
Lord, help me to hear your voice and help me to obey.