Isaiah proclaimed to the people of Israel “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Is. 53.6). Perhaps when you hear this passage of the Bible, you may think of the classical piece of music of the same name from Handel’s oratorio The Messiah, or maybe the classic youth camp song I Just Want To Be A Sheep, or even the Christmas carol While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. Whatever you think of when you hear this verse from the Bible, we have spent time preparing some thoughts for you to consider on the theme of “Sheep” this Advent.
We hope that you enjoy these thoughts.
Week One: The Good Shepherd
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.John 10:10-16