THE GENTLE SHEPHERD
"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young" (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).
The portrait of Christ as the Gentle Shepherd presents another facet of the Good Shepherd. Through this title, He is seen as a gentle, caring, and solicitous shepherd who is always available to provide His flock with protection, security, and safety.
The depth and magnitude of our Saviour's infinite love, tenderness, and solicitous watch-care are beautifully expressed in the words: "He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart" (Isaiah 40:11, NIV). What an exquisite and fitting picture of Christ, our wonderful shepherd! Patiently and tenderly, He leads His people through all the vicissitudes of life. "He carries them close to His heart." There can be no safer place to be than near to the heart of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us (see Galatians 2:20). All the activities of the Gentle Shepherd are actions of gracious solicitude.
Just as a loving shepherd gathers his lambs, carries those that are too feeble to walk, and leads the ewes gently to safety--so Christ, our Gentle Shepherd, exercises every possible care for His people. Our wonderful shepherd is the very embodiment of consideration. Here's an important comment on the Gentle Shepherd: "Compare the Good Shepherd, who gave His life for His sheep, with those who are filled with self-esteem, puffed up, dictatorial, loving to rule in the church. The prophets have specified Christ's attributes. They foretold Him as a Gentle Shepherd, who would carry the lambs in His bosom."--Manuscript 176, 1898.
My Prayer Today: Lord, lead me gently home, for without You, I cannot find my way. Amen.