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The Shepherd, Christmas Meditations Day 3

“Let’s sing it again, Daddy,” I’d chant to my larger-than-life father.

“Okay, Sissy,” as he slid his arm around me and we’d throw back our heads and continue.

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?

But the Shepherd made answer: This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick and helpless and ready to die;
Sick and helpless and ready to die.

Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
That mark out the mountain’s track

They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.

Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?
They are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven,
Rejoice! I have found My sheep!
And the angels echoed around the throne,
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!
Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!

That’s a big song for a five-year-old girl. When we would finish, often I noticed a tear or two in my father’s eye.

You see, he wandered. So did I.

Since we are approaching Christmas, I’d like for us to look at an Old Testament passage found in Ezekiel 34:11-12

“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheepand look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.”

 

God is speaking to Israel–look it up if you are interested. The chapter is fascinating.
Let’s look at something Jesus said in the New Testament, John 10:11;

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

If I Gibbs, I would look at the patterns.

-God is the shepherd of Israel and promises them He will bring them back into His care after they are scattered.

-Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd and is willing to lay down His life for His sheep.

And He did.

He found a drunken sailor who knelt at the Salvation Army drum. That drunken sailor became my father. The Good Shepherd sought out a rebellious teen, cleansed her life and her thoughts and made her a new creature.

Me.

The baby born in Bethlehem was born to die.

Because He is the Good Shepherd.

Here is a link to the song, friend. Sing it with me, won’t you? It’s an old hymn and a good one.