“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
-It is interesting how sheep know the voice of their shepherd & when called; they respond specifically to their master despite having mixed with other sheep. Jesus our good Shepherd provides leadership & direction to His flock & we have confidence for we belong to Jesus & He knows us by name. He goes before us His eternal sheep & calls us to follow Him; for only in Him can we find rest.
The main duty of a shepherd is to offer direction for the sheep & ensure that they obtain full satisfaction. Gods’ sovereignty does not negate human responsibility. It is therefore our responsibility to read Gods’ word & follow Jesus with our thoughts, words & deeds so that we may be aligned to His will & escape the trap of false prophets who dress like sheep but their intentions are wicked. We find a triadic symbolism of Jesus as our Shepherd for He is the same yesterday, today & forever. First, Jesus is our good Shepherd for He lay His life for us all (Jn 10:11). He is our great Shepherd for He lives for us; in us & intercedes for us (Heb 13:20). Finally, Jesus is our Chief Shepherd for He will come again & appear to us with the reward of eternal life (1 Pet 5:4). This the confidence that we have in Jesus through His everlasting love; cared for us His flock in the past, He is always with us at present & will forever be with us in the future. Jesus is working in us for eternity by His eternal covenant through the shedding of His blood for all human kind.
You are our Shepherd & Shield Jesus; we thank You & praise You in all things. Have mercy on us Lord; forgive us our sins & cover us with Your precious blood. We humbly ask You Jesus to shepherd us, our families, friends, leaders, churches, societies & nation in the paths of righteousness for Your love for us is everlasting. Equip us Lord with Your grace, fruit & gifts so that we may only choose to do that which is pleasing in Your sight & achieve all that You have purposed for us this whole year & in the future. All glory, honour, power, praise, riches, salvation & power belongs to You; now & forever. Amen
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