Tuesday, 1 March 2022

I Am The Good Shepherd (Part Two)

In February, we took a look at the first time Jesus said "I am the good shepherd," which was in John 10:11-12. Jesus went on to say in those verses, "the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep" which was a wonderful truth we meditated on.

March's verses focus on the second time Jesus says "I am the good shepherd," which is in verse 14 of the same chapter in the book of John. This time, the Lord continues by saying, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep and am known by My own."

Let's take a couple of minutes to contemplate what it means to know the Good Shepherd and also to be known by Him personally, in return!

The "I Am" Statements Of Jesus Christ- "I Am The Good Shepherd." (Part Two)

John 10:14
“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”

"Glory to our Saviour, give Him great applaud,
Our personal and loving Lord is not a distant God!
He calls to all His children and offers His embrace
And every one who knows His voice receives His gift of grace.

Oh what sweet communion, it makes the spirit sing
To know such joyful fellowship with Jesus Christ our King!
Hosannah in the highest, give Him the acclaim!
Praises to the great “I Am,” our Shepherd knows our name!"

Genesis 16:13
“Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?””

Points For Reflection
One of the names of God is “El Roi” which means “The God Who Sees.” This is the name Hagar used in the Genesis 16:13 verse which is why we hear her say, “You-Are-The-God-Who-Sees.” Hagar was in an upsetting situation and here she is visited by an Angel of the Lord who gave her loving counsel and guidance.
She expresses her gratitude to God for seeing her desperate plight and not leaving her stranded and alone. It’s a wonderful example in Scripture of how up-close and personal God is and how aware He is of our every need and circumstance.
We can really see God’s love in action as the Good Shepherd, who keeps a watchful eye on all of His flock.

We know that “religion” can’t save us, only a relationship with Jesus can. Do you know Jesus in a personal way and do you have a relationship with the Good Shepherd? If not, ask Jesus to come into your heart and life today and start your journey with the Good Shepherd!

If you are a Christian, how does it make you feel to know that Jesus isn’t a distant God and knows you personally by name?

Do you feel “seen” and important to God, knowing this truth?

Do you feel close to God at this point in time or have you felt closer to Him in the past? If there is a time when you feel you were closer to God than you are now, why do you think this is? Is there something in your life keeping you away from God or blocking your communication with Him?

If so, let’s ask the Lord to help us reprioritise the things in our lives and let nothing come before Him in our heart. May we thank Jesus, our Good Shepherd for being the God who sees us, for His gentle understanding and His up-close and personal, loving care.