Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Psalm 23: Do You Know the Shepherd




The 23rd Psalm.

We all know it.

We can all quote it.

Kind of like saying our ABC's.

When's the last time we stopped to let it's richness bathe our souls?

With these beautiful words, David describes his deep relationship with his Shepherd.
His Shepherd.

Before we rejoice with David, let's consider the Risen Jesus, our Shepherd.
 
Who better to understand how to shepherd His flock than the Lamb Who was Slain?

Jesus is the Lamb - He died on the cross and He rose again.
 
What is your view of the Risen Jesus?
To me, He is radiant, majestic, a glorious King.
 
And then I read Revelation:
 
"Then I saw a Lamb looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, Revelation  5:6
 
Thousands of angels surround the throne and proclaim, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Revelation 5:11-12
 
Revelation 13:8 calls Jesus "the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world."

Perhaps Jesus sits on the throne, not as a radiant King, but as the Lamb who shed His blood to cleanse us of our sins.

We've all done wrong, we've all sinned.
 
When we die, each one of us will stand before God, to be judged for the lives we lived.
How can stand before Him and be declared innocent?

Jesus was slain, killed on a cross, to erase our sin - your sin. He offers you total forgiveness.

When you ask Him to forgive you, He cleanses you of all sin and you stand innocent before God.

How amazing! Jesus was willing to die to take your judgment for sin and to offer you freedom.

Jesus died and was buried.

Then comes the joy of Easter morning.

Jesus rose from the dead - He is alive, seated on the throne in Heaven with God.

Because He lives, you are promised eternal life - you will spend forever with Him.

If you haven't come to Jesus and asked Him to forgive your sin, please do that now. 
He longs to spend eternity with you.

On Friday, we'll rejoice in the first lines of Psalm 23:

The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want.

2 comments:

  1. He has risen and for that, I'm eternally thankful. Thanks for this post. It made me stop in my busy life and be truly thankful for Jesus, our Lord.

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    1. Eternally thankful...so am I!
      Wonderful phrase.

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