“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.”
An envelope arrived with my name and address neatly typed on it, a commemorative stamp in the corner. I opened it and began to read the letter. The writer greeted me by name and then began, “Because of your keen interest in….” I immediately assumed the writer remembered our recent conversation and was sending me the information I had requested. To the contrary! It was just a promotional mailer. My name was used, but I was not known at all.
How different things are with our Good Shepherd! He speaks to the real person within, regarding each of us with our individualities. He knows our deepest longings and our highest aspirations. He knows our apathy and our exhaustion. Our bitter regrets, frustrated hopes, and secret dreams are all perfectly familiar to Him. While He knows the very best and worst in us, still He loves us.
Our Good Shepherd has committed Himself to our daily care. He has not sent an empty letter; He has given us the gift of His rich, inspired, God-breathed Word through which we know Him more and more.
We can never know ourselves
better than Christ knows us.
We can never be loved more
perfectly than He has loved us.