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Christ the Shepherd of His People

Christ the Shepherd of His People

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. JOHN C. FAIRBAIRN, ALLANTON.



" The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. lie maketh me to lie down in green pas-
tures : he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul : he leadeth me in
the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me ; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.— Psalm xxiii. 1-4.
BY THE REV. JOHN C. FAIRBAIRN, ALLANTON.



" The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. lie maketh me to lie down in green pas-
tures : he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul : he leadeth me in
the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me ; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.— Psalm xxiii. 1-4.

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CHRIST THE SHEPHERD OF HIS PEOPLEBY THE REV. JOH C. FAIRBAIR, ALLATO." The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. lie maketh me to lie down in green pas-tures : he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul : he leadeth me inthe paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me ; thy rod andthy staff they comfort me.— Psalm xxiii. 1-4.The Redeemer's liking, love, and relationship to his people, are re-presented under manifold striking and comfortable figures. Art thouone of Christ's people ? There is no end to thy felicity. Consider wellif thou canst lack any good thing. With Christ pledged and weddedto thy soul, what can be wanting to thee ? If thou art his, and he thine,thou hast all that can ever be desired. Thou art as precious to him ashe is to thee. Art thou blessed in receiving ? Christ counts himself as blessed in bestowing. Christ is thy prophet, priest, and king. Thefunctions of each of these offices of his mediatorial character he exer-cises on thy behalf, and that unceasingly. With the Lord Jesus Christto instruct thee by his word and spirit — to make intercession for thee atthe mercy seat — to rule over and defend thee — to subdue thy spiritualenemies under thee — thy portion is a good one. Thou mayest, and mustcomplain of the treachery of thine own heart, but never of him who hasredeemed thy soul. Christ thy head — thou a member of his mysticalbody — he will care for thee. o man ever hated his own flesh, butnourishes and cherishes it. Christ is more careful of the members of hisbody than a man is of his own flesh. Christ is the true vine, thou abranch of it, thou shalt have thy share of nourishment. See that thouart a true, a fruit-bearing branch. Such branches the Father purgeththat they may bring forth more fruit. The barren branches are cut off and cast aside to be burned. There are many such always hanging aboutthe true vine, but never truly grafted in — dead branches — professingChristians. If thou art such thou shalt perish, unless thou gettest thy-self truly grafted in. If a living, fruit-bearing branch, thou shalt becared for, and have a due portion of nourishment from the root and stemREV. JOH C. FAIRI5AIR. 35on which thou growest. Christ is thy elder brother. He stickethcloser than a brother. He is a faster friend than any brother can be to
 
thee. He is an elder brother, who has at heart the interests of all hisbrethren. He divides the inheritance amongst them. He purchased itwith his precious blood for his brethren. Each shall have his portion — thou thine, if thou art his. What an inheritance Christ shares amongsthis brethren ! Whatever blessings God has to bestow, and thy soul iscapable of receiving. ot now, for thou canst not now get the inherit-ance in all its fulness. A part of it now — the fulness of it when thoucomest to the stature of a perfect man in Christ Jesus — when he hasperfected his own image upon thee, and infinitely enlarged the spiritualdesires and capabilities of thy soul. Christ is your advocate with theFather. In the heavenly places he is a prevailing intercessor. Hisplea cannot be resisted. What he gets for his people he gets not of grace, but of right. He has purchased for them, whatever he gets forthem. The inheritance is Christ's by right of purchase. He gives itto his people out of mere grace, but he obtained it for them by the bittertravail of his soul. Art thou on© of his ? he pleads for thee day andnight without ceasing : when thou art awake, when thou art asleep,when thou thinkest of him, when thou thinkest not of him. Manifoldare the relationships in which Christ stands to his people. All of them full of comfort. Wells in the wilderness overflowing with livingwater. Drink deep, the well cannot be exhausted. Though the wholeworld were to drink, the spring would still overflow with living water.In this psalm, Christ is shewn as a shepherd. Why speak at largeon the duties of a shepherd ? Most know what these are. He mustcare for the flock. In calm, and in tempest, by night and by day, insummer and in winter, he must care for it, feed it, protect it, keep itfrom wandering, keep it from famine, keep it from the paw of the wolf and the lion. Even in this country a shepherd's work is arduous ; muchmore arduous in many other countries. In no country is it an idle,dreamy, sentimental life.Christ is the shepherd of Israel. " Give ear, shepherd of Israel,thou that leadest Joseph as a flock, thou that dwellest between theCherubims, shine forth." He is the good and watchful shepherd."He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambswith his arm and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead thosethat are with young." " I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep,and am known of mine." He gathers the flock when it has been scarredand scattered. " Hear the word of the Lord, ye nations, and declareit in the isles afar off", and say, He that scattered Israel will gatherhim, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.''36 FREE CHURCH PULPIT.
 
The fact that Christ is the shepherd of Israel, the good and faithfulshepherd, continually watching over his people, is not enough for thePsalmist. He gets much nearer to Christ than that. o true comfort,no sure peace with God, is to be had from a distant, unrealizing view of Christ. We must be personally interested in Christ, if we would knowhim in the power of his salvation. Many have had, and any one mayhave, a distant view of Christ, and of the glory and excellency of hiswork, without having a personal interest in him. They have beheld,wondered, and perished. Balaam could see the glory and Divine beautyof " the Star of Jacob." He could see the glory of Christ, and of Christ's work, and the blessed portion of Christ's people. Seeing it hewas constrained to admire it and commend it. "How goodly are thytents, Jacob, and thy tabernacles, Israel. As the vallies are theyspread forth, as gardens by the river's side. He couched, he lay downas a lion, as a great lion ; who shall stir him up ? Blessed is he thatblesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee." The preaching of the gospel, of the excellency of Christ and his salvation, was pleasantto the ears of the stony-ground hearers. They could have sat all dayto listen to it. Their ears were ravished, and their eyes were dazzled.They heard the word, and rejoiced in it. othing was half so pleasantto their hearing as the blessings unfolded in the Gospel — nothing soravishing to their sight as the beauty of Christ. Balaam and the stony-ground hearers rested there. They got a far off view of Christ, but nota personal interest in him. Even the lost souls, if they can get a glimpseof paradise, as the rich man did, cannot but discern its excellence andadmire it, but only to the increasing of their torment. Rest not con-tent with such far off views of Christ — rest content with nothing shortof a personal interest in him. The Psalmist invokes the Lord as theshepherd of Israel ; also as his shepherd — there the comfort lay. " TheLord is my shepherd." You must get as near to Christ, or you canhave no comfort, no saving benefit from him.The Psalmist concludes, from the Lord being his shepherd, that hewould not want. ,s The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Beingsure of Christ, he could come to no other conclusion. A soul thoroughlyconverted — strong in the faith — assured that God will abide by hisword, must be shut up to this comfortable conclusion. Is there anygood thing that the Lord has not included in his promises ? Has hepower to do as he has promised ? Is he faithful to do as he has pro-mised? If these conditions hold — to what other conclusion can a ran-somed soul come ? With Christ promising — almighty, faithful — the be-liever cannot well sail for any other port. What promises has Godmade ! Surely each promise contains abundant blessings. Far moreREV. JOH C, FAIRBAIR. 37

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