Do sheep listen? I don’t know much about sheep, but nine months into dog ownership and I can tell you that they don’t always listen. In fact, I’m convinced that my dog hears what I’m saying, comprehends what I want, but he still refuses to do what I say simply because he is unwilling. I’m told that sheep don’t always listen either, but before I start in on a rant on white woolly animals, I should confess my own selective hearing issues. Yes, I don’t listen at times too.
“The King of Love, My Shepherd Is…” Psalm 23 has captured the imagination and the soul of many a poet. The illustrations of a shepherd and a sheep are many. Jesus uses the image of himself. This Sunday see yourself as one of Jesus sheep. That’s a great place to be.
The job of a shepherd can be a challenge because sheep aren’t the brightest animals. Jesus our Good Shepherd knows where we are weak and when we get ourselves into trouble. No matter what is going on he will never leave us. Watch as we learn from the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of Mark.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd of our souls. Today we’ll contrast Jesus with the Pharisees of his day. They looked really good, but their message ended in spirit death. Jesus gives us life – eternal life. His sheep hear his voice!
Luke 15 is often known as the “Lost” chapter of the Bible. It’s not because is was recently discovered in a cave overlooking a salty lake. This is a chapter about finding the lost. Today our worship will focus on the tender heart of our God who goes after those who do not know him.