Jesus Christ, Our Shepherd
// Kenneth E. Hagin
The Psalmist David looked ahead to Jesus and said, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1). And Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:14).
We are living right now in Psalm 23. It belongs to us as believers in Jesus Christ. It is more than just a beautiful scripture passage. David was prophesying when he said, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." I like to say it this way: "The Lord is my shepherd; I do not want."
Philippians 4:19 says, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." The Heavenly Father knows our needs as His children. Jesus demonstrated that when He was on earth. He fed the multitude; He gave His disciples a great catch of fish; He turned water into wine; He healed the sick; and He met every need of man.
That is my Lord, my Shepherd Lord. I can say, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I do not want."
Christ has provided abundant life for every man, woman, and child on the earth. He has liberated the sinner. He took man's sinful nature upon Himself when He went to the cross. And He is not holding man's sins against him anymore.
Second Corinthians 5:19 says, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." This verse in the Amplified Bible reads, "It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them]."
Some might argue, "Well, if Christ isn't holding men's sins against them, they will automatically be saved."
No, the reason men must be saved is that we are all born in sin and must be born again in Christ. Christ is not interested in holding man's sins against him. Christ is interested in drawing man to Himself.
God is not mad at the sinner. And God is not against him. The sin that sends a man to hell is not an act or deed, such as lying, stealing, or cheating; it is rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ's saving grace is available to every human being. He will meet every need—He is the Good Shepherd. But to know Him as our Good Shepherd, we must first receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
Have you been born again? Do you know Jesus as your Savior, your Lord, and your Good Shepherd? If you do not, simply pray the following prayer from your heart:
I come to You in Jesus' Name. I admit that I have sinned and come short of Your standard. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to pay the price for my sins.
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. I ask You to be my Savior and Lord. And I trust You to be my Good Shepherd and provide everything I need. Through You, I receive God's free gift of eternal life. Thank You for saving me!
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