Let me tell you a dumb little story …
On my sixth birthday, I was selected at random to appear as the “special guest” on a local TV show for kids. My job would be to introduce the day’s Gumby cartoon, answer a few questions about myself and then get a giant tootsie roll. VERY important stuff.
When the big day finally arrived, I was excited beyond belief. All my friends and family were watching. I was going to be famous (at least to the approximately 697 viewers in the thriving metropolis of Owensboro, Kentucky). But when the cameras started rolling the host asked me a question I wasn’t quite ready for:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I froze. I had no idea what to say. So I blurted out the first thing that came into my head:
The host looked perplexed for a moment but then smiled and handed me my tootsie roll.
Thankfully, my announced career choice never quite came to fruition (although I did become a lawyer, which some might say is pretty close).
My guess is that if you asked a whole bunch of six-year-olds what animal they’d most want to be, tiger would be near the top of the list. So would elephant, bear, shark and other impressive beasts. My guess also is that not one six-year-old on the planet would pick the lowly sheep as their top choice. I mean, who on earth would want to be meek and mild and at the very bottom of the animal kingdom coolness list?
How about … Jesus?
Here are several sheep-ish descriptions of Jesus straight out of the Bible:
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17)
Our Mighty Shepherd became a little lamb who gave himself as a sacrifice out of love so that all the other sheep may live. He calls us to follow him and to lay down our lives in love as well.
BE A SHEEP
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