“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.” (Ezekiel 34:11)
What a word of cosmic comfort we have before us today! Notice this most amazing truth: Our Lord Jesus Christ does not send someone out in His place to search for and care for His sheep. Oh no! The prophet Ezekiel tells us that Jesus is the sovereign, seeking, searching, shepherd Savior. And He is all that for you.
Notice something else contained within today’s text. Our salvation not only begins because of Jesus, but it continues and is sustained because of our continually searching Savior. No matter where or how often we wander away from our Lord, He chases us down and returns us to His sheep-fold. And He does not go into action when a certain number of His flock wander away. The parable of the lost sheep (Mathew 18:12-14) makes it perfectly clear that our great Shepherd leaves the heard to go find even one, single lost sheep and brings him or her back to the fold. You matter that much to Jesus!
One final point: To be “looked after” by our Shepherd is to be locked in to our salvation. “This is the will of him who sent me,” Jesus said, “that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day” (John 6:39). Jesus will not lose a single sheep . . . and that includes you.
Is this not a powerful promise to plead if at this time you find yourself having strayed away from your Shepherd’s sheepfold? It certainly was for Peter. When Peter denied Jesus three times on the night of Jesus’ arrest and that rooster crowed, Peter’s heart was broken for having failed his Savior so grotesquely. But after His resurrection, Jesus restored Peter by asking a simple question — not once, but three times: “Do you love me?”
If your answer is the same as Peter’s — “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you” — you can be assured that nothing can ever separate you from your searching Savior. Nothing can snatch you out of His hand (John 10:28). Let that truth set you free today and every day until you cross the Jordan and enter into your eternal rest.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!