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I am the Good Shepherd
--------------"He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom." —
--------------Isaiah 40:11

--------------Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is THE GOOD
--------------SHEPHERD. Why doth He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He hath
--------------a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts His heart. The sighs, the
--------------ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of His flock draw forth His
compassion. It is His office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, He
purchased them with blood, they are His property: He must and will care for that which
cost Him so dear. Then He is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant
engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of His glory and reward.

But how may we understand the expression, "He will carry them"? Sometimes He
carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with
them. Often they are "carried" by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that
they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great
sweetness in what they do know. Frequently He "carries" them by giving them a very
simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every
trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of
confidence, which carries them above the world.

"He carries the lambs in His bosom." Here is boundless affection. Would He put them in
His bosom if He did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they,
that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious
love-passages between Christ and His weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in His bosom
who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and
sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of
Jesus!

From Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - May, Day 14, Evening.
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John 10:7-18
7 Jesus the Good Shepherd

Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the
sheep.  8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not
hear them.  9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and
out and find pasture.  10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly.  

11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  12 But a
hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf
coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters
them.  13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the
sheep.  14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  
15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the
sheep.  16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring,
and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.  

17 "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.  
18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and
I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."  

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
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