From the tenth chapter of the Book of John, our Pastor escorted us into an understanding of Jesus as our Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd.
I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15)
Cultivating Truth for the hungry.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. (John 10:3-4)
Patiently tilling the soil.
So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.” (John 10:7, 9)
The Door. An entry way into the sheepfold.
An open Door to life everlasting.
And an ushering in to life lived now.
Entering through the Door, we find pasture.
Looking deeply into its meaning, Matthew Henry shared a most refreshing thought.
God’s Word is the green pasture in which food is provided for all believers, by which spiritual life is supported and nourished.
Our daily bread. The richness of lush feeding.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23:2a)
I am invited to the succulent meadow.
When a father dies tragically.
I graze on fertile grassland.
When sickness weighs heavy.
I feast on the luscious range.
When darkness closes in.
I partake on the tender prairie.
Lying down in green pastures.
Not rushing through.
Abiding deeply in the Word.
Never barren. Never a drought.
Always nourishing. Satisfying. Filling. Refreshing.
And so I find myself out to pasture.
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