The Good Shepherd
Picture the scene… you have been in the presence of Someone you know to be exceptional. He not only can teach, advise, and enlighten like no other before, but he behaves differently. He is kind and compassionate. He cares about your EVERY need, and He is not prejudiced. He is happy to be in the company of the people who society around you, deems to be ‘outcasts.’
You have heard of this Man’s reputation, how He has made the deaf to hear, how He has made the blind to see, how the lame have walked by the authority of His word. And yet you are aware that not everyone feels the same way about Him, some are intimidated by His authority, and by the way He challenges traditions and rituals. Some are plotting His very destruction and death.
The day is growing late, you have spent hours in this Man’s company, and you haven’t even noticed the hours passing, as His word has been so enriching and all encompassing. Suddenly you realise that you are hungry, and that you find yourself in a rather desolate place. The great crowd you are a part of also find themselves in the same situation. Then you hear a call ‘how many loves have ye? Go and see,’ the reply comes back, ‘five and two fish.’
Human thinking clouds everything you have been enlightened by all day, the reputation and miracles of the Man you have spent time with are distant memories. You know there is nowhere near enough food to go around.
Calmly and compassionately, you are instructed to sit down in groups, on the green grass, and you can’t help but think of the Old Testament Psalm; ‘He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…’ Something special is about to take place…
The feeding of the five thousand in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 6v30-43) not only shows us another great miracle performed by Jesus but also directs our thoughts back to Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.’ – ‘And Jesus when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd.’ (Mark 6v34).
We cannot perform miracles as Christ did, we cannot teach like Him, and we can never speak with authority as He did. We can, however, show Him to others, we can speak of His marvellous acts, and we can pray that He will teach us to have compassion for the lost, just as He had. We can tell others that this wonderful Man and Saviour left the splendours of heaven to come to earth to die for us on the cross at Calvary, simply and plainly because we ‘were as sheep not having a Shepherd.’
Praise God for our Good Shepherd!
Praise God that ‘He restoreth my soul!’
Praise God that because of all this, ‘I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!’