But, you may ask, “I thought that Jesus was a carpenter, wasn’t he? So, what’s with Jesus
carrying a lamb?”
Good question. First some background….
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, there was a person who spoke words from God. His name was Isaiah. One of the things that Isaiah talked about was that a person designated by God
who would come someday to deliver people from sin. Here is one of the things Isaiah said about that God-designated person:
He will feed his [sheep] like a shepherd:
He will gather together his lambs — the weak and the wobbly ones— into His arms.
He will carry them close to His bosom,
and tenderly lead like a shepherd the mother of her lambs. [Is.40:11 VOICE]
But Isaiah also used other words to describe this person who would come:
O, Jerusalem, You herald of good tidings!
Make the news ring out! Don’t be afraid!
Say to these cities, this Judah: “Behold your God!”
The Lord, the Eternal, comes with power,
With unstoppable might;
He will take control without question or delay.
He will see to it that wages are paid, repairs are made, and all is set right again.
It was a word of hope but also very mysterious: will that designated person who comes to set things right be God coming to earth or a human being that would be born someday? People
waited and wondered … and hoped.
As it turned out, it was both. Christians believe that in Jesus God joined the human race. The people who were present when Jesus was teaching understood that he was claiming to be the
fulfillment of Isaiah’s words when he said:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep in His care.”
Actually, Jesus said much more than that. He said he was the Son of God and the gate through which everyone can come to God. You can click here to read the entire passage.
Also, here is a YouTube version of a well-loved song about God as our shepherd May you also be able to say, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
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