Based on Biblical Text: Isaiah 40:11:
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd
To fully grasp the meaning of this, we must first understand the role of shepherds. Shepherds are committed to the welfare of the flock. The shepherd is always with his sheep using his staff to protect them against anything that would seek to harm them.
The shepherd is no good to us if we don’t follow Him. In other words, if we dismiss ourselves from the shepherd’s presence, wandering off to do our own thing, we are defeating the purpose of having a shepherd. A question we should consider is – why do we need a Shepherd, if we worship Him on Sunday, but we are back “in the world” on Monday? We pray on Wednesday, but spew venom on Thursday. Isaiah prophesied about the Shepherd more than 700 years before His arrival. The Bible says, “He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd.” The truth of the matter is, we are less likely to leave the shepherd when we know what he does for us and how it is that Christ feeds us.
Christ, our provider, is our limitless resource for salvation and sustenance. He reminded the disciples, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). We could hardly imagine Christ would have much more to give than to sacrifice himself for our sins, and create for us a path of reconciliation to His Father! The fact is, we needed a Savior! We needed someone whose passion for His people is greater than His love of life. We needed someone who could overcome the sins of the flesh by the power of His Father, and once and for all, pay the price for our salvation.
Christ doesn’t just rescue us and provide for us; He is our Perfector. The fact is, He improves on us. In other words, He takes our tattered, corrupt, sinful flesh and molds and shapes us like clay on a potter’s wheel. The Bible says, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).
We need to understand that the “Great” Shepherd’s purpose is to make us perfect in all that we do for Him. His purpose is to teach us, by example, how to live righteously, so we will be pleasing to God. To that end, Christ can peel away our vain conceit and teach us how to put others first. Christ can strip us of our self-centeredness and teach us how to live a God-centered life. The Shepherd doesn’t just save us; He improves on us. The Shepherd (Christ) gives us a common focus, a desire to serve and work together. Christ gives us a common reference point, moving us to live in harmony with each other, pursuing our common goal of offering Christ’s salvation to the world.
If we trust Jesus Christ as our Shepherd, He will teach us how to fight the good fight, bear our cross, obey His commands, and gain the victory. Because “He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd!”