We are like sheep.
Sheep need a shepherd to lead them, to provide for them, and to protect them. Left to themselves, sheep go their own way and easily wander into danger or succumb to predators.
Like sheep, we need a shepherd.
God knows this.
God chose Moses, a shepherd, to lead His people out of Egyptian slavery, to protect them by his intercessory prayers, and to provide for them through their desert wanderings.
God chose David, a shepherd, to lead His people as King, to provide psalms to guide their worship, and to protect them when enemies attacked.
When God sent the Messiah, His only Son, Jesus, to save all people from their sins, He chose shepherds to be the first to receive the good news that the Messiah had been born in Bethlehem.
Later, Jesus chose to call himself the Good Shepherd. A Good Shepherd knows his sheep and his sheep know him and follow him. A Good Shepherd will also lay down his life for his sheep.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 CSB
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.”
John 10:14 CSB
We need a Good Shepherd.
Because we are like sheep, we all turn to our own way. We all rebel against God by choosing our way over His.
Jesus, the Messiah born in Bethlehem, the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep, went to the cross to take the punishment for our sins so that we could have peace with God.
But he was pierced because of our rebellion,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.
We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the LORD has punished him
for the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6 CSB
The Good Shepherd who gave his life for us to save us from our sins is the Creator of the universe and King of all Kings. All the earth belongs to Him. He can provide whatever we need. All enemies are subject to Him. He can protect us. And as the Good Shepherd, He will lead us every step of the way until we are safely home with Him.
Like the shepherds who first heard the good news, let us worship and bow down.
Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep under his care. (v. 6-7 CSB)
Father, I come into Your presence with thanksgiving. Thank You for sending Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to lay down His life to take the punishment my sins deserve. I don’t want to go my own way. I want to follow You. I worship You, Creator, Shepherd, and King. Thank You In Jesus’ name, Amen.