Knowing the Shepherd

Can I really know?

Have you ever watched a cute, fuzzy lamb frolicking in a pasture? They jump around, play, and eat grass oblivious to any danger lurking around them. Sheep are great followers, trailing behind the lead animal; they will go wherever that sheep leads them. The Bible says that people are the same, “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). A common phrase that people use to justify poor choices is "everyone else is doing it."  Somehow because others are making the same bad decisions it makes everything okay. Other common quotes include: “if it feels right, then do it”, “I want to do my own thing”, or “it's my right to live how I want.” Each one of these quotes is a great example of how just like sheep, people want their own way – to do their own thing.

Going astray or wanting your own way is in direct rebellion to God. The first commandment from God states, "You shall not have any gods before me." But instead of obeying God, people put themselves in first place -- basically saying, "I'm more important than God." The desire to put self first is born within us because of sin. Sin is any action, thought, or word which is against God’s law. The Bible teaches that every person is born with the nature to sin. Worse, sin has terrible consequences. The punishment for sin is death or separation from God forever.

Even though people have broken God’s Law, He loves each one; He loves you.  It is not His will that any person should be separated from Him. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God made a way for you to have a relationship with Him. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to take your punishment by dying on a cross. He gave His precious blood to save you from the punishment of sin. But He didn't stay dead. The Bible says that He came back to life again three days later (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

While Jesus was on earth, He told his followers that He is the Good Shepherd. What is a good Shepherd? Psalm 23 speaks of the good Shepherd and His wonderful care. He loves, provides, cares, comforts, and leads. He finds green pastures, still water, and restores each one; He protects and corrects. The Psalm states, “surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the He rose from the grave!days of my life.” He has a personal relationship with His sheep because He paid for them with His own life.

How can you have this kind of relationship with the Shepherd -- with God? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14:6). First, admit that you are a sinner, a sheep who has gone astray. Then believe that Jesus died for your sin on the cross and rose from the grave three days later showing His power over sin and death. Finally, tell Jesus what you believe. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

If you have made this decision, then Jesus is your Shepherd and Savior. He will lead you and guide you through His Word, the Bible.

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