As we continue our church-wide Jesus Project initiative, an exciting opportunity
for our church to read a chapter a week of the classic Desire of Ages, the
author provides the following commentary on Jesus as our Shepherd:
“As the shepherd goes before his sheep,
himself first encountering the perils of the way, so does Jesus with His
people. When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them. The way to
heaven is consecrated by the Saviour's footprints. The path may be steep and
rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel
thorns, to make the pathway easier
Jesus is described as a shepherd that goes before His sheep.
This powerful illustration reveals that before we face any trial, Jesus has
already passed through that trial to make our way easier. In going before us,
nothing catches Jesus by surprise, He is not alarmed or concerned, rather He
knows exactly what we are about to face and He seeks to smooth the way for us.
By drafting behind Jesus and following Him closely it reduces the challenges
that the winds of life bring.
Are you feeling tired from the demands of this life? If so,
Jesus wills for you to cycle behind Him. When we attempt to face the headwinds
of life by ourselves we realize that the faster we go the more resistance we
face. What areas of your life is Jesus asking you to follow Him in? Are you
suffering in silence and feeling abandoned? Is there someone you need to
forgive but have found it difficult? Are you frustrated with the stage of life
you are in, where there is a gap between your expectations and your experience?