November 17th, 2019 | Chad Gardner
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ “
Psalm 23: 1
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The Lord is… everything. He’s not the God who was, but the God who is, the God of right now. The Lord is powerful and personal. From the throne of heaven, God is.
The book of John has several “I Am” statements:
- John 6:35: Bread
- John 8:12: Light
- John 8:58: I Am
- John 10:9: Door
- John 10:11: Shepherd
- John 11:25: Resurrection
- John 14:6: Way, Truth, Life
Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
David gives a personal story in Psalm 23. He knew firsthand what it was like to be a shepherd. David knew sheep are stupid animals. They will eat grass and not even look up. David fought off wild animals to save his clueless sheep. He knew how to be a good shepherd. His sheep didn’t want for anything. That’s what Jesus wants for us if we allow him to. For God to be your shepherd, he has to guide, lead, and direct you. Many people may be able to say “the Lord is my Savior”, but to say the “the Lord is my shepherd” is to say that you are following him only.