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About the Good Shepherd card

Good ShepherdThis is the first card in a series I’m designing on the “I am” sayings of Jesus. Since Jesus so often taught using pictures, I have lots of material to work with. Unlike most of the cards I make, the cover of this one came fairly easily. I found the photograph while browsing for stock photography online. All I know is the name of the photographer (Jurga Rubinovaite). Did he just happen upon the young shepherd? I don’t know. But I can’t think of a better image for what it is like to follow Jesus. The path is green, just like the pastures of Psalm 23. The direction is clear—it points to the end, where there is light.

But what does the light indicate? I traced all the biblical references for “shepherd” in a concordance, and look what I found in Revelation 7: 16-17: “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and shall guide them to the springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

On my cards I need to keep it short—but this is the ‘Peace’ He is leading us into. Can it get any better than this? I love how the old writers say things. Look at what John Brown (circa 1850) says where Jesus is leading us.

The salvation which is by Christ includes deliverance from numerous, varied, immense, unending evils. It is deliverence from “perishing.” It includes also restoration to numerous, varied, immense, unending blessings. It is the enjoyment of “eternal life.” It is deliverance from evil, moral and physical, in all its forms, and in all its degrees, for ever and ever; and the possession of a happiness suited to, and filling to overflow, all our capacities of enjoyment during the whole eternity of our being. When we think of the number and variety, and value of the heavenly and spiritual blessings bestowed on us, we must acknowledge that it is “great love” wherewith God loves us…Only the hopelessly lost know what the salvation of Christ delivers from. Only the blessed in heaven know what the salvation of Christ exalts to. Even they know these things imperfectly. Eternity will be ever disclosing new horrors in the one, new glories in the other.”—Sayings and Discourses of Christ, Volume 1 by John Brown, p.33