Good Shepherd; Shepherding is a serious business, ©Mark Hewitt 2012
Forget all those paintings you’ve seen where a tall, blond, Jesus carries a fluffy white lamb in his arms. This is a serious business. A flock of sheep without a shepherd will soon be gone. A good Shepherd is Committed – intertwined with the sheep with no one was more present with sheep than a shepherd. Having a closeness and attention to the needs and natural tendencies of the flock. They did more than just watch the sheep.
A Good Shepherd was Love in action.
John 10: 11-18 (NRSV)
‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’
God, you are the great carer of the world.
On Earth and in your presence
we can live lives of love and truth
knowing that in Jesus you lived alongside us
and in the Spirit, you live in us.
-©Seasons of the Spirit