‘I lay down My life for the sheep’ (John 10:15)
Jesus has His very own flock; His Father chose them and gave them to Him; He received them and became their Shepherd; they wandered and were doomed to die, but He intervened and died for them.
Oh, what an infinite love was the love of Jesus! He left His Father’s home, left the songs of angels, left the throne of glory, and became a man, that He might become a Substitute. He offered Himself for them. His blood for theirs, His life for theirs. The offer was accepted, and He redeemed them to God by His blood out of every nation, country, people, and tongue.
They are doubly His, for He bought them when they had sold themselves, though before they were given Him by His Father in love. Herein is love; not that we loved Jesus, but that He loved us; and gave Himself to be the propitiation for our sins.
Are we among His sheep? Are we like them? Do we love them, cleave to them, and walk with them? His sheep are gentle, harmless, peaceful, humble, dependent upon Him, and devoted to Him. They hear His voice, love His ways, and follow Him wherever He goes.
When the Shepherd’s life was needful
To redeem the sheep from death,
Of their safety ever heedful.
Jesus yielded up His breath;
Love like Thine no other hate.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘NOV. I very frequently detect myself indulging improper feelings toward persons, because they do not see as I do, or act as I should in reference to certain subjects; and also reasoning and protesting against certain things over which I can exert no influence. This I know to be wrong, but I do not always strive against it as I should.’