Thursday, April 27, 2017

"I am the Good Shepherd...I lay down my life for the sheep"

The Savior is called the good shepherd.  It's interesting to note that there are differences between shepherds here in America, and Shepherds in the Old World. 

Here, sheep are driven by the shepherds.  In the Old World, and in the time of Christ, the sheep followed the Shepherd, and often the shepherd knew each sheep by name.  Where they would lead, the sheep would follow.  the shepherd would be responsible for driving away predators and protecting the sheep.  

This gives added meaning to the following words spoken by the Savior "I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine...and I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10).  We are his sheep, and we do need protecting from the enemy of our souls.  

What a perfect analogy for the Savior of the world.  Not one of us goes unnoticed, and we are redeemed through the sacrifice of the Shepherd.  As our prophet has said, God is in the details of our lives, and so he is.  He is the Good Shepherd.

But there was more to it than that.  In psalms 23 and also psalm 80, and in Isaiah as well, it speaks of Christ as the Shepherd.  

So the Jews knew he was saying he was Christ when he said that he was the Good Shepherd.  And when the Jews heard Christ speak these words, the following was their response

"And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?"

So Christ knows what it means to be rejected, mocked, and ridiculed.  

This analogy of the Shepherd comes up later, as Christ is about to accomplish his atonement, death and resurrection.  The Savior quotes Zechariah, 13:7 and says that The Shepherd will be Smitten, and the sheep scattered.  

As indeed he was, even though in the words of John 10 he states that no one takes his life away from him, he lays it down of himself. But with the words he is risen, we learn he took it up again.   

He knows our pains, trials, and afflictions, and knows what we face.  The Good Shepherd is true to the end and his sacrifice redeems us for the eternities.  

He watches over us to help to comfort us in our trials. He lifts, strengthens us, and comforts us in all that we go through. 

That we would come unto the Good Shepherd, no matter what we may face in this world, is my prayer.  

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