Saturday, April 11, 2020

He Was the Lamb & Is Now Our Good Shepherd

Yesterday I was very blessed to read a wonderful post on John Coulombe's facebook page. John served for many years as the  InterGen and Second-Half Adults' pastor at First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA. I met him and his dear wife through the Legacy Coalition - they are people who love their family and are amazing grandparents.

John's post was so inspiring, so today I am very happy to share it with you . . . 

Every once in a while, an ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once an ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind.

These little lambs will hang their heads so low it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, the lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes the rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keeps it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the "bummer" is able to hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock.   

But the sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not because the bummer lamb is loved more; it just knows intimately the one who loves it, it just believes it because it has experienced this love one on one.   

So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But Jesus is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart, so we are able to hear His heartbeat. We may be broken, but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd. The Lord is MY shepherd . . . I’m a bummer lamb.   

I wonder how Jesus, the Good Shepherd could understand such treatment? Oh yeah . . .   

"We despised Him and rejected Him—a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by. He was despised and we didn't care. Yet it was our grief and suffering He carried, our pain, distress and sorrows that weighed Him down. He was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was lashed—and we were healed. Everyone of us have strayed away like sheep! He was hurt because of us; He suffered so. Our wrong doing wounded and crushed Him, yet He never said a word. He was brought as a lamb to a shearing, like a lamb to be slaughtered, oh so quietly, oh so willingly, He stood silent before the ones condemning Him. He was buried like a criminal in disgrace, but in a rich man’s grave even though He did no wrong by word or deed. He shall live again, and God’s deepest desire and plan will come to pass and flourish…which means He shall bear all our sins (Is. 53)!"   

I just can’t wait til Sunday…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!

See why I had to share it with you! Be encouraged - we are "bummer sheep", but "Jesus is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart, so we are able to hear His heartbeat. We may be broken, but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd." Share this with the ones you love.

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