“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1
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We see a beautiful picture of the Lord as a shepherd in Psalm 23. It’s probably the most known and most quoted psalm. But Jesus is not just any old shepherd; He is the True Shepherd. Peter calls Him the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). Let’s look at 6 reasons why Jesus is the True, Good, and Chief Shepherd of our souls.
1. Jesus gathers His sheep.
“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young” (Isaiah 40:11)The Lord brings together to Himself those who are His and He lovingly gathers us into His arms.
2. Jesus guides His sheep.
“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice” (John 10:4). Those of us who are His sheep follow Him and we know His voice, because He calls us out by name (John 10:3). The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).
3. Jesus feeds His sheep.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:1-2). The Lord takes care of our physical and spiritual needs. He tells us not to worry about what to eat or what to wear, that He takes care of the birds, and He’ll take care of us, too (Matthew 6:25-31).
4. Jesus protects and preserves His sheep.
“The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land” (Zechariah 9:16). Jesus is protective of His sheep. He said that nobody will be able to snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28).
5. Jesus laid down His life for His sheep.
“As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:15). Jesus died a cruel death on the cross for you and me. And He did so willingly. He had the power to lay His life down and pick it back up. But He chose to die so that you and I could have life.
6. Jesus gives eternal life to His sheep.
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28). Jesus has granted eternal life to all who will obey Him. All obedience takes is belief in Jesus, repentance, confessing of His name, and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And no one will be able to take that away from us.
Is Jesus the Chief Shepherd of your soul? If not, why not let Him be today? He’s standing waiting to gather you to Himself, to guide you on life’s journey, to feed you with the Bread of Life, to protect and preserve you, and to give you eternal life that’s possible because He laid down His life. Let the Lord be your shepherd.
May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.
“For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice.” – Psalm 95:7