Vol. 3, No. 12
In Matthew He is the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2).
In Mark He is the servant of God (Mark 10:44-45).
In Luke He is the perfect Son of Man (Luke 9:56).
In John He is the exalted Son of God (John 20:30-31).
In Acts He is the ascended Lord (Acts 1:9-11).
In Romans He our righteousness (Romans 3:21-25).
In 1 Corinthians He is the firstfruits from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20).
In 2 Corinthians He is the One made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In Galatians He is the One who set us free (Galatians 2:20-21).
In Ephesians He is the One who blesses (Ephesians 1:3).
In Philippians He is the joy bringer (Philippians 3:1,3; 4:4).
In Colossians He is the pre-eminent One (Colossians 1:18).
In 1 Thessalonians He is the returning Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
In 2 Thessalonians He is the world's judge (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
In 1 Timothy He is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).
In 2 Timothy He is the bestower of crowns (2 Timothy 4:8).
In Titus He is our great God and Savior (Titus 1:3-4).
In Philemon He is the Equalizer (Philemon 16).
In Hebrews He is the rest of faith (Hebrews 4:8-11).
In James He is the Lord of Sabaoth [hosts] (James 5:4).
In 1 Peter He is the theme of Old Testament prophecy (1 Peter 1:19-21).
In 2 Peter He is the longsuffering Savior (2 Peter 2:21).
In 1 John He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1).
In 2 John He is the target of the anti-Christ (2 John 7).
In 3 John He is the personification of truth (3 John 1-4).
In Jude He is the believer's hope (Jude 24).
In Revelation He is the victorious Lamb (Revelation 5:6).
When lambing time comes (this is when baby lambs are born), the shepherd must take great care of his flock. This can be a difficult task because it is necessary to move frequently to find new pastureland.
The sheep that are soon to give birth must be kept close to the shepherd. This is so that when the time comes the shepherd is there to help in any way needed.
The helpless baby lambs that cannot keep up with the rest of the flock are carried in the bosom of the shepherd's undergarment. The shepherd turns his garment, known as a girdle, into a pocket. The baby lamb is carried until it is able to keep up with the rest of the flock. This usually was not but for a short time. But, during that short time the baby lamb would have fallen behind and probably would have died. This also teaches the baby lamb at a very early age to trust completely in the shepherd.
In Isaiah 40:11, we read, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." God is talking about taking care of his entire flock. He will do whatever is necessary to take care of us. Of course, we must do our part to stay close to him.
I am thankful that we have such a wonderful Good Shepherd. I am so thankful he loves us so much. I know that you want to stay close to such a Good Shepherd.
This also teaches us that new Christians sometimes need extra help. They may need to be 'carried' a short time until they are able to keep up with the rest of the flock. We should be ready to help them when necessary.