The Chief Shepherd
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ~1 Peter 5:4
There were many great impressions that the Lord Jesus Christ left on the mind of the Apostle Peter. There were the impressions of Christ’s suffering, shed blood, and sacrifice. There was the impression of how Christians are to light up the world with the gospel message. There was also the impression of the Lord Jesus Christ as a Shepherd. In 1 Peter, Peter makes reference in one place to the Lord Jesus as the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. In our Scripture this morning, he refers to the Lord Jesus as the Chief Shepherd. Peter is encouraging both the pastors and members of local churches of how Jesus is preeminent in the church as the One Who cares for and loves our souls the most. Let us see this morning the encouragement of knowing the Lord Jesus as our Chief Shepherd!
We see the Shepherd’s CHARACTER.
“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear…” The Shepherd is the One with ultimate responsibility for the feeding and leadership of our spiritual lives. He is constant