"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.Luke 12:32(NASB)
The Messiah was SENT by God to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But there were other sheep in different sheep-folds for the good Shepherd to care for and so the Father also GAVE the same unique Son of His love, because He loved the world so much, that whosoever believes on His name, should not perish and be condemned, but have everlasting life and be forever free from condemnation.
The crowd that followed Jesus were only concerned for their earthly provision and temporal needs, but often Jesus would use their limited outlook to teach His disciples deeper truths that had a heavenly perspective and eternal consequences.
And so, He would privately address His disciples and explain the futility of worry; the importance of trusting the Father; their inability to address the issues that arise in their lives; the need for a heavenly viewpoint, the wisdom of not being afraid and the eternal benefits of laying up for themselves treasure in heaven.
The beautiful figure of a good shepherd gently attending to the needs of his flock, feeding them; defending them; guiding them; protecting them and correcting them is pictured here, but how few enjoy the true benefits offered to this tiny flock, for most are only interested in earthly provision and temporal needs.
But this little group of Jews were to be guided out of the sheep-fold of Israel to join the other sheep, under the care of that great Shepherd of the sheep – for this good Shepherd gave His life for all His sheep. And although the gifts and calling are without repentance and the lost sheep of the house of Israel will one day be settled in the earthly Jerusalem, enjoying the fruit of the land, His heavenly flock will reside in the heavenly kingdom, eating of the fruit of the tree of life.
Loving Father, thank You that Your grace has been extended to all who will believe in the Lord Jesus as the good and great shepherd of all the lost people of the world, including me. Thank You for saving me and drawing me into Your eternal sheep-fold, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.
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