Saturday, April 17, 2010

daily text 4/17

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
"Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost." (Luke 15:6)

Jesus Christ is called "the great shepherd of the sheep." (Hebrews 13:20) The Scriptures foretold his coming and showed that he was a unique Shepherd who sought to find the "lost sheep" of Israel. (Matthew 2:1-6; 15:24) Moreover, as a literal shepherd might give his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus died as a ransom sacrifice for sheeplike ones who would avail themselves of his sacrifice. (John 10:11, 15; 1 John 2:1, 2) Sadly, some who made a dedication to God no longer associate with the Christian congregation. Discouragement, health problems, or other factors may have weakened their zeal and caused them to become inactive. However, only as part of God's flock can they enjoy the serenity and happiness that David spoke of in the 23rd Psalm. Those in the flock of God lack nothing in a spiritual way, but that is not the happy lot of sheep who have strayed.—Psalm 23:1.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 1:1, 2)

The Prodigal Son Returns
(Previous post I did on this topic)
Audio Drama: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
(Audio link to the 2009 Drama we had on this topic)

(Isaiah 53:6) "Like sheep we have all of us wandered about; it was each one to his own way that we have turned; and Jehovah himself has caused the error of us all to meet up with that one."

(1 Peter 2:25) "For YOU were like sheep, going astray; but now YOU have returned to the shepherd and overseer of YOUR souls."

Aren't those 2 scriptures interesting in regards to prophetic significance of Jesus' role as "The Shepherd" of God's flock? Allowing ourselves to be led by a shepherd, and remaining part of God's flock is vital for our salvation ... we can't be rogue sheep =)