“I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me.” (John 10:14)
Children from city schools who are enjoying a holiday or vacation in the country will be interested to know that also rural occupations require training. The work of a shepherd, for example, calls for skills that have to be learned. At Rambouillet, France, in a forest 35 miles from Paris, is located the National Shepherding School for the training of people who care for sheep.
Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, was trained for His work. In His home, school, and synagogue in Nazareth the lad Jesus increased in wisdom. He learned from the Holy Scriptures that the Messiah would come to save all people from their sins. He knew He was that Messiah and that He was destined to suffer and die. "Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). The holy writer adds, “And, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9). Yes, Jesus had to know His work, as the prophet writes, “by His knowledge My Righteous Servant will justify many” (Isaiah 53:11).
To this day as we travel, rest, and seek recreation we are guarded and guided by the Good Shepherd who not only cares but knows how to care. And He knows how to care because He knows us and is known by us. This close relationship is strengthened as in the Good Shepherd’s school we try to know Him better and to serve Him. What a privilege it is to be enrolled in His school!
PRAYER: Good Shepherd, let Your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives, and let us dwell in your house forever. Amen.
(Taken from “Our Journey With Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)
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