by Mary Warren
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jesus as Shepherd, is the much loved 23rd Psalm. Nearly 70 years ago I memorized this and stood in front of my grandma’s church to recite it, “The Lord is my shepherd…”
I remember that day.
On the night of Christ’s birth, an angel appeared, not to priests and kings, but to lowly shepherds in the hills near Bethlehem with the good news of the birth of a Savior.
As Jesus grew into manhood and began His ministry, he became known as our good shepherd (Jn 10:11), our great shepherd (Heb 13:20), and in 1 Pet 5:4, our Chief Shepherd. Mt. 18:12-14 tells the parable of the lost sheep; I was one of those. For many years during the middle part of my life, I’d strayed away from the church and God. And then came the good shepherd looking for me; I am so thankful that He didn’t give up, and looked until He found me.
This verse in Isa.40:11 speaks to me of the Lord’s great love and tenderness regarding us, His flock:
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; …”