Am the Good Shepherd! Part 2
Shepherd came "to seek and to save that which was lost."
old world, we, like sheep, often don't even know when we're
lost. However, our Eternal Father knows our plight and has
provided for it. "For God did not send His Son into the
world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him
might be saved." (6) Jesus stated, "I did not come
to judge the world but to save the world." (7)
as a shepherd does not judge his sheep or condemn his sheep,
God does not judge or condemn us. He cares for us in so many
ways. Here are just a few of those ways.
Good Shepherd came to save sinners, "for He will save
His people from their sins." (8); "I did not come
to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (9)
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
Good Shepherd teaches us values to live by such as loving
our neighbor as God, through Jesus, has tenderly cared for
and loves us, "love one another as I have loved you
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have
love for one another." (11)
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us." (12); "For (God)
made (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might
become the righteousness of God in Him." (13)
love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for
his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command
you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does
not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends,
for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known
to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed
you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit
should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name
He may give you. These things I command you, that you love
one another." (14)
Good Shepherd has not only made us His friends, He has adopted
us into His family. Jesus told Mary after His resurrection,
"Go to My brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to
My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "
(15) Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, Savior and best Friend has
made us to become His very brothers and sisters. With Him,
we have been adopted into the family of God.
by inspiration wrote, "Beloved, now we are children of
God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but
we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for
we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope
in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." (16)
Good Shepherd provides for every need of the human family
and He teaches us the will of the Everlasting, All-Knowing,
All-Powerful Creator Who adopts us into His eternal family
when we yield our hearts to be led by His Ever-Present Spirit.
What an awesome God!
expressed the contrast between the impostor and the Good Shepherd,
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that
they may have it more abundantly." (17)
things show us how much God cares for us. The Good Shepherd
came "to seek and to save that which was lost."
(5); He came to save lost sinners, He teaches us values to
live by, He teaches us how to love, He demonstrated His love
toward us by becoming sin on the cross for us in order that
we might be made righteous in Him, He yielded his own life
so that we may have a more abundant life here and now, and
eternal life hereafter. He makes us His friends, adopts us
into His family, and makes us His brothers and sisters.
have loved you with an everlasting love, with loving-kindness
I have drawn you." (18)
you Eternal Father, for all that You do for us, and for sending
Jesus Christ to be our Shepherd, Savior, Brother and Friend.
I love you!
6. John 3:17.
7. John 12:47.
8. Matthew 1:21.
9. Matthew 9:13.
10. 1 Timothy 1:15.
11. John 13:34, 35.
12. Romans 5:8.
13. 2 Corinthians 5:21.
14. John 15:13-17.
15. John 20:17.
16. 1 John 3:2, 3.
17. John 10:10.
18. Jeremiah 31:3.