One of the most tender titles given to Jesus Christ is the one of Shepherd. Jesus Himself declared that He, and He alone, is “the good Shepherd”.

Sadly, there are religious systems and organizations that have taken the place of Jesus in the lives of those who are bound by their rituals. There are many individuals who have posed themselves to be the Christ, our Shepherd, but they are thieves and robbers. Jesus is the one who feeds His flock like a shepherd. Jesus leads His sheep; we are not driven. Because sheep are by nature hard-headed and stubborn, Jesus uses His rod and staff to correct us, and guide us.

A most amazing thing about our Shepherd Jesus is the fact that He laid down His life on the cross for our sins. Yes, the Shepherd is also the Lamb who was slain, “the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”. “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” It is by His stripes that we are healed.

There is only one Shepherd, beloved, and He is Jesus Christ. He died for you; now live for Him!