All Fridays are good, but today is the greatest of all the Fridays. Today is Good Friday–the day that all seemed lost as Jesus hung dead on a cross. I can only imagine the shock and despair Jesus’ followers felt for three days before His resurrection. Oh, if they only knew what was to come! In times of trial and anguish in my own life I go back to those three days when darkness thought it had won. But it didn’t win. It was being defeated by the good shepherd who paid the ultimate price for His sheep. In the midst of trials I am not aware of the work He is doing on my behalf, but I still rejoice in the promise that He is making a way for me.
My favorite image of Jesus is one that depicts Him as a good shepherd. The imagery is so beautiful and overwhelms me with the absolutely pure and perfect love Jesus Christ has for us. Like a mother with her child and a shepherd to his sheep is Jesus to us. When we were vulnerable, unable to take care of ourselves and clueless He laid down His life for us like we were the most worthy treasure of all time. If that doesn’t absolutely rock your world then nothing ever will.
I hope you enjoy this Good Friday with our King. Shepherd. Savior. Lamb. Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe! If you do nothing else this Good Friday, at least check out these goosebump-inducing verses about our Shepherd.
Our Good Shepherd
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd, and the sheep are not his own. When he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf pounces on them and scatters the flock. The man runs away because he is a hired servant and is unconcerned for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:11-16
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:1-4
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; 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 53:5-7
“‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.'” Ezekiel 34:11-16
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.