I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. John 10:11
Scripture tells us that Jesus felt compassion for the multitude before Him because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. At that point, Jesus was well into His earthly ministry. Hundreds followed Him, countless individuals sought healing from Him, and thousands heard Him speak. For John to record words that tell of obvious distress among so many, there had to be evidence that this was true.
Jesus did not simply come in contact with people. he had the divine ability given to Him by His heavenly Father to touch the heart and soul of every individual whose path crossed His. He never looked at a crowd of people without seeing individual hearts and lives. Had He wanted to, and the time of eternity allowed Him, Christ could have immediately ministered emotional and spiritual healing to all.
But God’s plan involved a greater possibility. Through Christ’s life and death, we are given an eternal gift, the opportunity to live and know Jesus as our personal Shepherd and loving Lord through the presence of the Holy Spirit. We have His undivided attention every minute of every day. Take time to praise Him for His patience and love toward you.
Father, I praise You for Your patience and love toward me. Thank You for the eternal gift of knowing You.