Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. –Luke 15:5
He does not drive the poor weary sheep home. This is not the way the gentle shepherd brings the lost one home. He stoops down and lifts it up, and lays it on his own shoulder and carries it back. There is a wonderful revelation in this little touch in the picture. Let us be sure that we understand just what the words say.
We all know that Christ carried our sin when He went to the cross. We also know that we can cast our burdens on Him. But here we learn that Christ wants to carry, not only our sins, burdens and cares, but also ourselves. The shepherd lifted up the sheep itself and laid it upon his shoulder.
He does this with “rejoicing”. Can this be true? Has Christ really interest enough in any human being on this earth to be made sad by his wandering, and glad by his recovery? The thought overwhelms me. We can understand a shepherd’s rejoicing when he carries home a sheep that has been lost. We can understand a mother’s joy when her lost child is brought to her door. But that the heart of Jesus rejoiced when He found us, and bore us back toward home, seems too amazing to be true. Yet here the word stands. Listen to the words of Zephaniah:“Yahweh, your God, is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17). How dear we are to Christ!
Apply This To Your Life Today… You are more important to Christ than anything else. He rejoices over you and His love will calm you