HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-5
Let us consider the wandering sheep. It leaves the fold. It is silly, foolish, and wayward. It prefers its own way to Shepherd’s wise restraint and guardian care. It may be on the very verge of the precipice or like to die in the waterless desert under the fierce hot sun, or in danger of the wolf’s attack and cruel pitilessness; so many perils beset it. And concerning myself the story is told — I am the bewildered sheep, at the mercy of ruthless and remorseless foes!
But let us consider, also, the restoring Shepherd. He pities the sheep. He seeks and rescues it, though the search costs Him His own life. He is . . .
- a human Saviour — one able to suffer and die.
- a sin-bearing Saviour — my Judge and Sovereign has laid on Him my scarlet and crimson iniquities.
- a solitary Saviour — requiring no priest to supplement His obedience and sacrifice.
- a triumphant Saviour — He shall see His seed, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hands.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from Me!” John 10:27-28