“And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now He shall be great unto the ends of the earth.” –Micah 5:4
John 10:11 says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
In Scripture, Christians are often referred to as sheep. Sheep are docile and vulnerable animals. Isn’t it interesting and humbling that Jesus calls us His sheep? He doesn’t refer to us as strong, independent animals. Most of us think we are able to do all things in our own power, but Jesus knows better. Sheep cannot live on their own, just as we cannot live without Jesus. Sheep need a shepherd, someone to guide and protect them. A flock without a shepherd cannot thrive like a flock with a shepherd can. They won’t have someone to care for them and keep them safe from predators. The sheep will die, get eaten, or leave the flock and wander alone.
It is clear that sheep will be much better if they have a loving shepherd. John 10:26-28 says, “But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.” We need Jesus. He will care for us and protect us. Sometimes a sheep will wander away from the flock. Isaiah 53:6- “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Just as Christians tend to wander away from Jesus. However, a good shepherd will not only watch over his sheep, but will seek the one that has wandered. “You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 34:31
If we wander away from Him, He will come and look for us. We must only be willing and humble enough to return to Him. A shepherd will not rest until he has found his lost sheep, just as Jesus will not give up on us: “So He spoke this parable to them, saying; “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave them ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner than ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:3-7
No matter what happens, either in our own lives or in the world, God will take care of us and protect His flock. I saw something on Pinterest once that said, “No matter who is president, Jesus is King.” God is always bigger. This is a really interesting quote by Charles Spurgeon. He makes an amazing point- sheep don’t go alone, they go in flocks:
“Some Christians try to go to heaven alone, in solitude. But believers are not compared to bears or lions or other animals that wander alone. Those who belong to Christ are sheep in this respect that they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.” -Charles Spurgeon