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Clergy: Jesus the Good Shepherd

I am thankful that the one shepherding me is good.

Recently I was reminded of this truth while reading in the book of Micah. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, lived some 700 years prior to the birth of Christ. He was a spokesman for God, telling of a ruler to be born in Bethlehem who would be God’s shepherd (Micah 5:1-4).

We recently celebrated the birth of this ruler and shepherd of whom God spoke through Micah. He is “the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11). He is the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is good.

I am thankful that the one shepherding me is good.

In his goodness Jesus bore our sin against God as Isaiah 53:6 says, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” He, who was without sin both by birth and by choice, was willing to suffer the just judgment of God upon our sin against him. Jesus bore the penalty of death that we might experience the gift of life through faith in him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

I am thankful that the one shepherding me is good.

In his goodness Jesus invites us to come and believe in him for the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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” (Matthew 11:28-29). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35). “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture said, ‘from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” (John 7:37-38).

As a young man of 18 years, I experienced the joy of coming to and believing in the good shepherd who gave his life for my sins against God. I experienced the joy of forgiveness as well as the joy of becoming a child and friend of God forever and ever. I have walked with him for a little more than 42 years as of this writing, and I freely and gladly proclaim that the one shepherding me is good.

And I am so thankful that he is.

Drew Fenstermacher is pastor at Faith Baptist Church of State College. Contact him at pastordrewfbc@gmail.com.

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