Most People Watching Viral Video of Sheep This Sunday Will Miss the Hidden Lesson About the Good Shepherd
By Christine Favocci
Published April 25, 2021 at 1:59pm
Jesus told us he is the Good Shepherd, so we are his flock of smelly, stupid sheep.
Maybe that’s not exactly how Jesus meant it. But it’s clear after watching what happens to a stuck sheep that — as is always the case — our Lord couldn’t be more right.
A viral video that recently made the rounds on social media showed a boy working to free a sheep from a deep and narrow roadside trench.
The animal struggled in a panic as the boy pulled it by one leg until the sheep finally was freed.
Once liberated, it bounded forward in a handful of jubilant leaps, only to dive directly back into the ditch.
The video doesn’t show the rest of the story about this particular sheep, but Twitter user Victoriano Aizpurú said it all when he captioned the clip “Yo en la vida” or, “Me in life” in April 17.
For anyone striving to be a good Christian, this sentiment is all too relatable.
Do you ever feel discouraged because you fall into the same sins?
Jesus gave his ultimate sacrifice on Calvary over 2,000 years ago, enduring torture, humiliation, isolation and death for the sake of our sins.
As Jesus said in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
He did just that and left us his church and the Bible to help us abandon our selfish, sinful ways, to pick up our crosses and follow him daily.
Simple, right? Hardly.
So many of us are more like this sheep and its trench rather than like Jesus and his Cross.
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So many of us fall into the same sin — repeatedly — and Jesus must drag our sorry souls back from the brink of damnation time after time.
In Luke 15:4-7, the Good Shepherd reminds us of what he’ll do for even the least of us lost sheep.
The experience I have shared is “some people don’t believe in God in middle age. With expressions such as, “I am not in the religious mood.” But, when they get in a jam – that is when they start “believin.'” It happens over and over.