There are a lot of different ways that the Bible helps us picture Jesus, and each of those pictures teaches us something about him.
One picture of Jesus that really resonates with me is the Shepherd. I like the thought of Jesus gently picking me up, placing me over his shoulder, and carrying me safely home. I like the picture of Jesus coming after me when I’ve wandered and bringing me back to safety. And I like the fact that Jesus will lead me to pastures and quiet waters, supplying all my needs.
But do you know what else I like? I like the fact that shepherds fight for their sheep and defend them. I love the picture of Jesus as my Shepherd, swinging his staff as hard as he can, crushing the wolves that want to attack and destroy me while I’m off in the corner somewhere as a little lamb, safe and secure because my God fiercely fights to protect me.
Just listen to this: “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them” (Ezekiel 34:11,12). “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. [The enemies] you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13,14). He’s not just a gentle, loving Shepherd; he’s also a fierce, protecting Shepherd who saves his people. Warrior Shepherd Jesus—that picture is so comforting!
Consider just a few of the things that make Warrior Shepherd Jesus so amazing:
There are so many pictures the Bible gives us to help us see and appreciate who Jesus is. Warrior Shepherd is a pretty awesome one.
Which pictures of Jesus really resonate with you?
Kurt Wetzel lives with his wife and three children in beautiful Boise, Idaho. He is honored to shepherd part of God’s flock under the Good Shepherd at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.
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