Now more than ever we need to understand that Jesus is the good shepherd.
A shepherd guides, leads and cares for his flock. Every day the shepherd would lead his flock out to pasture and make sure they are looked after properly including fighting for them, protecting them and finding them when they are lost.
With the country in a very interesting position we are being shepherded by men, with motives, intentions and goals which are impossible to be in everyone’s best interest, but we have a good shepherd who we can trust to protect us and lead us through wherever we are and make sure we make it home safe to him in heaven in the end, all we have to do is listen.
Have you ever seen the logo for HMV or wondered why it was called HMV? It all came because of a little dog called Nipper, from a painting called ‘His masters voice’. The story goes that the dog belonged to the artist's brother and when the artist's brother died, the dog was actually inherited by the artist (Francis Barraud) along with a phonograph and recordings of his brothers voice. When he would play the recordings of his brother the dog would listen intently to the phonograph and so the artist decided to put it to canvas.
What can we learn from Nipper? That our master has a voice, we are able to hear him, and that he wants to speak to us.
In John 10:11
Jesus talked about being this shepherd, and dying for his flock (most shepherds would run a mile if it meant actually dying for their sheep). Jesus’s ministry started out with the Jewish people as his flock but thankfully in John 10:16, Jesus starts talking about the ‘non-jews’ or ‘gentiles’, which means we all get to be part of Jesus’ flock and be lead by him.
We’ve all been enjoying ‘Shine’ and this week why not try this one ‘As the world shakes’ by Hillsong kids. Actions can be found on this video if you’re feeling adventurous.
Our story today is about Jesus being the good shepherd, if you’d like a video to watch with your kids then check out ‘Douglas Talks’ here
Have you got some balloons or balls? & a sweeping brush or mop?
Can you herd your sheep (the balls & balloons) with your staff (mop or brush) to protect them and guide them to pasture?
How do you think God does this with us?
Can you make a sheep pen? Maybe to herd your sheep (balloons and balls) into?
These questions are aimed at the treehouse juniors but should help you ask your children questions around our story today.
- What did Jesus do that proves he is a good shepherd & loves us?
- How do you feel knowing Jesus is our shepherd?
- What’s the best thing about being in Jesus’ flock?
When we place Jesus as our shepherd, we can trust him to lead us through difficult times and know he has what’s best for us in mind.
Now is a great time to lead by example and ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ Proverbs 3:5
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