The Lamb Who Shepherds His Flock

The Old Testament required that the priests sacrifice innocent lambs to atone for the sins of the people.  Currently, I’m reading Matthew’s Gospel, and yesterday I read about Christ’s final Passover meal with His disciples — a meal foreshadowing His sacrifice on the cross that next day. For all those centuries, Jewish priests had unknowingly pictured the Messiah as the Lamb Who would be slain as the ultimate sacrifice of atonement.

Jesus became the meek Lamb of God as He voluntarily allowed the jealous leaders of the Jews to wrongfully condemn Him. As the meek Lamb of God,  He permitted the Roman soldiers to verbally and physically abuse Him. And, as the meek Lamb of God, He sacrificed His life, shedding His precious blood to cleanse all who believe in Him.

Curiously, this Lamb calls Himself our Shepherd, guiding us with the rod and staff of Scripture as we learn His ways of meekness. Under the sanctifying influence of His Holy Spirit, we slowly but surely learn to be meek. We become His lambs.

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2 thoughts on “The Lamb Who Shepherds His Flock

  1. Thank you for posting this precious song. There is so much doctrinal depth in the old hymns. “Your only Son, no sin to hide, but You sent Him from Your side.” As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain the separation caused the Father especially knowing what laid ahead for His only begotten Son Who would become the Lamb of God. We think about the sacrifice made by Christ but tend to forget about the sacrifice made by the Father.

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