If you didn’t watch it, it’s a video of 1300 sheep wandering the streets of Huesca, Spain after their shepherd fell asleep on the job. Sheep without a shepherd is not a pretty sight.
Jesus saw something similar. Mark 6:34 says, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.”
The world is full of people today who are confused, wandering, and lost like those shepherdless sheep in Spain. Jesus lived in such a world, and that world continues today. The truth is “all we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all need a shepherd. We need guidance – not the guidance of politicians or managers, but the guidance of a shepherd. We need someone to go in front of us to show us the way, one who provides and protects, and one who never abandons. We need the kind of shepherd David describes in Psalm 23.
The good news is that Jesus came to be that shepherd. This is what He says in John 10:11-16:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
Does your life feel like it’s going in circles like those sheep in Spain? Are you lost? If so, listen to the Shepherd’s voice and follow him. Help others do the same. After all, we are all sheep, and we all need the Shepherd. Be blessed and be a blessing this week.