Day 17 | Prophecy of the Suffering Servant's
Isaiah 53; Luke 2:8-18
In the Old Testament, an alter was a place of sacrifice. The alter was sometimes made from wood and a sheep would lay on the alter and be sacrificed for the sins of the people. Of course this sacrifice was not sufficient to completely pay for the penalty of sins. One day a greater sacrifice would have to be made once and for all.
Shepherds love, care for, guide, chase after, and protect their sheep. This is what Jesus means when He says He is the Good Shepherd. The same things that shepherds do for sheep, are the same things Jesus does for us. We are the sheep! That can be a funny thought to think of yourself as a sheep but we have the best shepherd. Our shepherd goes further than all the other shepherds and He laid down His life for us.
Jesus laid down His life for His sheep when He sacrificed Himself on the alter known as the cross. No more sacrifices would have to be made because our Good Shepherd did what we could never do ourselves: He paid the penalty for sin. Not only the penalty but He paid for the guilt and shame that sin causes as well.
Memory Verse | John 10:15
I lay down my life for the sheep.
How did Jesus pay for the sins of the world?
What are some of the responsibilities of shepherds?
How is Jesus our Good Shepherd?
God, thank you for the cross. Thank you for Jesus who paid the penalty that we could never pay. Thank you, Jesus, for being our Good Shepherd. Thank you for loving, guiding, and protecting us.