He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed.
For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24-25 (ESV)
Sheep need shepherds! Need proof? Take what happened on a Turkish cliff side in 2005 when 1500 sheep plummeted into a ravine. BBC News reported that after one sheep jumped off the cliff, every other sheep followed. The only saving grace in this story is that first 400 sheep spared the remaining 1100 by breaking their fall. The financial cost of this tragedy? About $50,000 dollars!
Wanting a little more evidence? Here’s an interesting tidbit. If a rope is stretched across the door of a barn and the sheep inside are released to pasture, the sheep will begin to jump over the rope. Sounds reasonable, right? But get this: if the rope is cut midstream while the herd is exiting, the sheep will keep jumping as if a rope is still there. Sheep are such blind followers!
These accounts about sheep, though somewhat sad, make me chuckle. They also make me realize how dependent sheep are on their shepherd. Foolish, in need of leadership, prone to waver and wander. Sheep need an overseer to guide them and keep them safe. Guess what? So do we!
This morning God is reminding me that He’s my Good Shepherd worth trusting and relying upon. Without Him, I’m prone to sheep-like behaviors. How about you?
When’s the last time you slowed down during a busy day to pause and acknowledge how much you need and depend on Jesus?
Set a timer on your phone for later today or tomorrow. When the alarm sounds, consider how much you’ve included Jesus in all your activity. Thank Jesus for being such a Good Shepherd.
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