Lambs and the Good Shepherd
by Michelle Smith
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i thought I would write about Jesus and my recent visit to the Gower Heritage Centre.
This is a great place to visit whether young or old and as I visited with the familly we were lucky enough to feed the resident lambs at the end of the day. If they were still with their mother they would have been able to feed whenever they wanted so in a way it was a shame they are denied this for a plastic baby bottle for a full guzzle of milk at the end of the day. Lambs are amazing creatures – as they feed they dig their back heels into the ground reverse suckle and wag their tails like crazy. Perfect little creatures, something so perfect and amazing has to be created by God – i find myself grateful once more I dont eat them.
Im a new Christian and studying Christianity at the moment and Jesus was a shepherd – he loved lambs, he compared human beings to sheep. Not in a derogatory way like sheeple but no because human beings need the same love and care as attention from God that a good shepherd showers on his flock. They need love and care and good company, defense from wolves, clean pastures and to be fed. In Christianity we need to be fed regularly on the Word of God. Jesus says He is the good shepherd and he gave the care of His sheep to His disciples also – He tells simon and Peter if you love me – care for my sheep – feed my sheep.
Jesus: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
In John 10 Jesus talks about those who came before Him as thieves and rogues and presumably other religious leaders like Gurus are like hired hands – these people are just men they are not God and they are not the good shepherd, when trouble comes they flee and leave their flock to the wolves to save their own skin but Jesus is different – he lays His life down for His sheep and protects and frees them< he has the Power and Authority to do it even at His own detriment as the ultimate act of Love and sacrifice. He puts the welfare of His sheep above His own welfare even as God and loves every single one – as a good shepherd loves cares for and defends the trusting and gentle lambs in His care.
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Good observations about sheep. Did you also know that sheep and goats make nearly the same sound? When you combine that with the fact the sheep do not see very well, it reveals why it takes Jesus to properly seperate sheep from goats. Earthly sheppards who are still sheep themselves have their work cut out for them. More here... http://managedsurrender.com/spilling-scripture/clearer-vision/the-example/
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