Our Great Shepherd and Guardian

25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls (1 Peter 2).

I’m so glad Jesus is a Shepherd and a Guardian (an “Episkopos” or “Overseer”).  He is good and faithful at doing each. He is the very best Shepherd and the most faithful Guardian there is—which is good, seeing as how there is nothing more precious on earth than a soul (Matthew 16:26). It takes the One with the most precious blood to shepherd and guard that which is most precious—souls.

God does not leave us to be shepherded and guarded even by the most elite of the angels, nor by even a whole host of them. No, only Jesus will do. Only Jesus has such an honor and task. Only Jesus is uniquely qualified for the task.

Lord, we thank You for our Great Shepherd and Guardian, Jesus Christ! Help us This Day not to stray even an inch from Him. Amen.