9th December 2017

Ewe Beauty 

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

Did you read the article in the newspapers recently that sheep have been trained to recognise human faces? I find that intriguing to say the least! So then, sheep are not as silly as we consider them to be, although I know that they are prone to wander off at times, but then don’t we all?

The big surprise then is—sheep know their shepherd, not only by the sound of his voice but also by the brightness of his face, his countenance. Obviously we know and recognise our nearest and dearest in the same way.

But, for sheep there is so much more to this facial and vocal recognition because sheep follow their shepherd. He guides, protects, nurtures, loves and cares for them. So much so that he will, if need be, lay down his life for them! (John 10:11). And whenever they wander off and get lost he will spend whatever time is necessary to find them and bring them home; rejoicing that they have been found! Then he calls his friends and they all have a big party to celebrate this reunion (Luke 15:4-7). But again, if we read verse 7, here we see that Jesus is really talking about one lost sinner repenting and that this brings great joy in heaven, isn’t that just great? God and the angels rejoice about this.

I think that God’s favourite place is the “Lost and found department!” This is the heart of the good Shepherd towards his precious sheep and you know, his greatest desire is the day when there will be one flock and one Shepherd! (John 10:16).

There’s a great story about a young boy who spent a lot of time building a small boat. After it was finished he took it to the nearest river to try it out, but the strong wind and the current carried the boat away. The boy was heartbroken. Further down the river a man found the little boat and took it to a charity shop and later that day the boy saw it for sale in the window, where the store owner told him that the only way to get it back was to buy it. So, he got the price together and eventually bought his little boat back. As he looked at it he said, “Little boat you’re twice mine. I created you and lost you and now I have redeemed you; bought you back!” Both of these stories reflect the gospel—the Good News that God loves to find us and bring us back to himself when we go astray! Treating us as if we’ve never been away! Such is his love for his precious creation.

Thank you, Great Shepherd, for your unfailing love—a love that seeks us out when we wander away and restores us with great joy.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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