Spring has sprung. The lambs are starting to arrive and the shepherds are working hard. It is a very busy time on the farm. The good and the bad shepherd will soon be found out. What makes a good shepherd?
Good shepherds know that their sheep need food, water protection and care when injured, able to adapt to changes in seasons and landscape; capable of tending to both the flock and individual sheep.
When Jesus speaks about Himself he often refers to Himself as “The Good Shepherd”. He displays the shepherd character. He knows what people need to thrive. He speaks great words of wisdom. He deals personally with people. He is compassionate and yet has a gentle mighty strength. He can adapt to the changing circumstances with ease. These characteristics make Him very attractive. There is nobody like Him. He is unique. Though He died He now lives a resurrection life and can be known by you today.
The most remarkable standard set as a shepherd was “the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”. On a Friday afternoon almost 2000 years ago he did just that. He stood between His human flock and God’s eternal judgment. A judgment all men and women must face for what they have done in and with their lives. He took the penalty due to his flock upon Himself on the cross. He paid what perfect justice demanded of disobedient, greedy selfish, wayward broken human beings.
Easter is a time to remember and celebrate the great act of self-sacrifice. Christians can say “it was for me”. Can you say, “it was for me”? Or has justice still to catch up with you? Jesus would go on to say, “I have many other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also”. With these words he makes it clear that others can and will follow the Good Shepherd as well.
There are many people we can trust and depend on but there is only one “Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep”.
Come and find out more this Easter.
People have been meeting at Libanus on Market Street since 1782 to worship with song, pray, read the Bible, hear it explained and applied to life. As we continue today we are all very different in character, ability and background but we are all followers of the Good Shepherd. We meet not because we have got everything sorted but because we all know we need a great deal of help. If you need help as well, we would be very happy to see you and I am sure that you would feel right at home with others who know that they are far from perfect.
You can be assured of a warm welcome