Christ, Our Shepherd
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles now, I want you to turn with me to John, chapter 10. We have been studying God as the Shepherd of Israel. We read that in Ezekiel 34:11-16. God is the Shepherd of Israel, and if you will read chapters 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39, you'll read many wonderful things about Israel, her future, and the fact that God is going to shepherd them and bring them back into His land and feed them, and they will have a revival and He will reunite the two different groups of Israel (the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah) and they will become one kingdom again. He will put over them Jesus, the son of David, as their great Shepherd to teach them. God will enter into a covenant of peace with them and they will be secure. He will also destroy that invading group of nations found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 which are to come into the Holy Land in the future, and God will destroy them and magnify Himself and deliver His people eternally! God is the SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL.
Not only is GOD the Shepherd of Israel, but today CHRIST is the Shepherd of His people, THE CHURCH. There are three things about Christ. He is called the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd. Each one of those things has a wonderful thought!
You remember that David said, ''The Lord is my Shepherd.'' I have chosen Him to be my Shepherd! The LORD! Now the work of Jesus, our Shepherd, is three- fold. He is the GOOD Shepherd, who dies for the sheep. He is the GREAT Shepherd Who works the will of God by His own indwelling in the hearts of His people, His sheep. And, He is the CHIEF Shepherd Who is coming again for His people and reward the faithful under-shepherds, as we read in First Peter 5.
The Good Shepherd
Now first of all, Jesus says, ''I am the Good Shepherd.'' He is the Good Shepherd who gives His life to save the sheep from death, eternal death! And just as an earthly shepherd would give his li ...
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