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Posted on: 13/05/2019

Good Shepherd Sunday - 12th May 2019

Sunday 12th May was 'Good Shepherd Sunday' and this week we have agreed to try to focus on the theme of Jesus as The Good Shepherd in our schools, with the staff and pupils/students…

It Is a powerful lens on our understanding of our relationship with God and how to model our relationships on Jesus… I love the ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus in Johns Gospel.

“I am” – I always was, I always will be – I am. You don’t need to create me, or be able to explain or understand me – I exist whether you acknowledge me at all – I AM!!!

Isn’t it a joy to know that among the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus, he says "I am the Good Shepherd?" He cares for us and knows each one of us by name. Jesus knows us as individuals and he calls us by name not because he has found our names in a telephone book. Jesus calls us by name because he knows us intimately, because he made us, and loved us and died for us. And even though he is God he addresses us by name as the ultimate sign of respect. God knows me not as a number but by name. We matter to him personally.

The Good Shepherd is the God of everyone without exception; the God of you, and me, the God who knows all of us by name. He is the God of all humanity and we need to treat one another accordingly.

But what happens in our relationship with God when we pull away from him? He stays. We can run – but He comes with us. He waits. We can try to hide – but He still sees us. He knows my name. He knows your name. And this is what makes our relationship with God the most healing, the most complete, the most sustaining relationship which we can ever experience.

He will never die and leave us alone. He won’t walk out the door when he’s tired of trying. He won’t play games with our emotions. He is solid. He is steadfast. He is true. He is never too busy. And so within this safe relationship – we can be known and we can grow to know him more. And from that point of security we can take risks in our other relationships, because we always have this safe place to return to.

A God who will never turn us away. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want

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Written by Tony Billings
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