Lambs in the snow near Hexham in Northumberland. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6:34
A father looks at this children and, seeing a need, does everything to meet it, not unlike a shepherd. To understand fully Jesus’s reaction to the multitude, understand the nature of sheep: These stubborn animals are slow to learn, copycats, dependent…..I think they’re even whiny. Not exactly the stuff of impressive resumes. No wonder Jesus was filled with compassion.
Our culture is not unlike what Jesus saw in His: masses of people who arrogantly chart their own course. They often pursue whatever the current trend is, with no moral compass. No matter how many times their methods, ideas, or policies fail, they refuse to about-face. Remember, sheep are dense and stubborn. Perhaps it’s their dependency that moved Jesus most. Sheep cannot live without a shepherd. We all know that without our Shepherd, the Lord, we would be lost. Jesus knows our predicament, and He is filled with compassion for us. He knows that we need teachers and preachers; and He knows that because we’re sheep, we’re stubborn and slow to learn. But He will never give up on us if we don’t give up on Him.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, submit to the Shepherd’s leadership. He uses HIs rod and staff to correct and prod, but our obedience is rewarded with grace and joy and life everlasting.
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