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The Shepherd Lamb

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:17

The key name used for Jesus in Revelation is the Lamb. Yet, in Revelation 7:17 Jesus the Lamb becomes the Shepherd. He, who laid down His life to offer forgiveness and eternal life to believers, goes ahead of His own as their guide, provider and protector. 

Jesus described Himself as the good Shepherd. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full…The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:10-11). He calls his own sheep by name…he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice (John 10: 3-4).

The eastern shepherd has a close relationship with his sheep. He lives with his sheep and tenderly cares for them. He knows each sheep, and the sheep know him. They recognize and follow his voice, for they know the shepherd can be trusted.

Does this describe your relationship with Jesus? As the Lamb, He died to save you. As the good Shepherd He longs to lead you to abundant life. He knows you better than you know yourself and loves you more than anyone ever has or ever will. How well do you know Him and recognize His voice? Are you following Him closely?

Recently I washed my oriental rug. As it was drying, my house smelled like a herd of wet sheep. That smell made me keenly aware that at times I am a smelly sheep because of sin or worldliness. Does my Shepherd want to cast me outside, like I wanted to cast my rug outside? No. Instead He lovingly draws me near, cleanses me of sin and restores sweet fellowship with Him. Do you perhaps smell a bit like a wet sheep? The loving, good Shepherd is waiting to cleanse you and draw you near.

I praise You, Good Shepherd Lamb, as Savior, Guide, Provider and Protector.

Jan Burkhart

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