How would you describe mankind? Ok, I admit it; that’s a heavy question. Or is it?
The Bible describes us as being like sheep…straying sheep to be precise. In the 53rd chapter of Isaiah we’re told, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6). So, God describes us as wanderers wandering about seeking satisfaction and direction.
The verse informs us we’re all travelling our own roads and doing things our own way. In other words, we’re doing what we want, where we want, whenever we want, with whomever we want, and however we want. God’s ways are not considered as we traverse our path.
We may feel free living independently of God, but the truth is sheep without a shepherd are very helpless and defenceless animals. Their entire well-being is dependent upon the diligent and loving care of a shepherd.
The same is true of every single one of us. And here is where we should take a moment to consider Christ.
Let’s begin with His compassion. One day, when He was on earth He saw something that moved Him to compassion. What did He see? Jesus saw multitudes of people without strength, without direction, and without a shepherd. The scene is described in the following way: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36).
He still sees the same scene today. And it still moves Him to compassion.
But you see Jesus wasn’t and isn’t someone who just saw and felt sorry for people. He did something about what He saw. In fact, He told us rescuing lost sheep (lost people) is the whole reason He came to this earth. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” He said (Luke 19:10).
Can I personalize this for minute? Jesus sees you wandering about aimlessly and desperately seeking, “a shepherd” to guide you and it breaks His heart. He wants you to know that the whole reason He died on the cross was to save you. Remember, sheep are helpless and defenceless without a shepherd and we are helpless and defenceless without Jesus Christ, “the good shepherd” (John 10:11).