There have been many shepherds down through the ages who have faithfully tried to lead, but there is only one true shepherd to lead us on the correct spiritual path and that is CHRIST! Today I am starting a series of blogs concerning CHRIST THE SHEPHERD.
* CHRIST COMING TO LEAD US WAS FORETOLD! Gen.49:24 But his bow remained [a]firm,
And [b]his arms were agile,
From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd: He will gather the lambs in His arm, He will carry them in His bosom and will gently lead those that have their young.
23 And I will raise up over them one Shepherd and He shall feed them, even My Servant [a]David; He shall feed them and He shall be their Shepherd.
- Ezekiel 34:23 The name of David is here put simply, as well as in Ezek. 34:24; Ezek. 37:24, 25; Jer. 30:9; Hos. 3:5, instead of the more usual designations of the Messiah as the Son (Matt. 1:1), the Branch (Jer. 23:5), the Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16). But there can be no possible doubt as to the meaning…. David, as the head of the theocracy and the ancestor of our Lord according to the flesh, constantly appears in the Scriptures as a type of the Messiah, and there can be no reasonable doubt that the prophecy would have been so understood, even at the time it was uttered (Charles Ellicott, A Bible Commentary).
CHRIST IS THE CHIEF SHEPHERD! [ Shepherd above all shepherds ]
4 And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the [a]conqueror’s crown of glory.
- 1 Peter 5:4 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies: When Paul uses the word translated “crown,” he typically has the conqueror’s crown in mind, using the imagery of the winner of an athletic contest (see I Cor. 9:25). Peter seems to have this same imagery in mind as a symbol of the heavenly reward.
CHRIST IS THE ONLY GOOD AND PURE SHEPHERD! John 10:11 I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep. 14 I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me—
[ to be continued ]