“He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)
“Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
“’Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him,
‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Do you think I cannot call on my Father,
and he will at once put at my disposal
more than twelve legions of angels?
But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled
that say it must happen in this way?’”
Matthew 26:52-54 (NIV)
This month we have been considering the Coming One, the Messiah. It is an appropriate theme as we celebrate the first coming of our Redeemer. The many characteristics of the Lord Jesus provide us with a wonderfully rich portrait of the One Who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Today we look at the Good Shepherd as exhibiting the beautiful characteristic of being meek. Too often the idea of being meek is seen as a sign of being weak. The Greek term translated into English as meek was often used to describe a horse broken to bit and bridle, in other words an animal that is domesticated. Meek in the Bible carries the notion of power under control.
In Gethsemane, when Judas betrayed his Master with a kiss, Peter wanted to resist with his sword. The Saviour told Peter to put his sword back into its sheath. He went on to remind Peter of His Father’s exceedingly great army He could call on to help Him. Here is an example of how the Good Shepherd was meek. He had enormous power to destroy the threat but He did not. He was determined to go willingly to the cross for the redemption of His enemies.
In life we sometimes face terrible trials and we know our Father in heaven has the power to remove the burden but He does not. Instead we experience His amazing grace as we endure by “seeing Him Who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Today may you exploit your problem and see the good that can come when the Lord works everything for good in your life. Today may you be inspired by the meek spirit of our Good Shepherd and follow Him through the good times and the difficult times with faith in His promises. He is faithful and shall be with you always right up to the day He welcomes you into His Father’s home.