John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Jesus looked out on the multitude and saw a crowd of people that were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. They were people without protection, without provision, without direction, and without hope. If Jesus were to set a while and observe people these days He coul
d draw the same conclusion as He did in the first century. Perhaps, you are distressed and dispirited. You are weary and feeling rejected. You are uncertain about the future and are not sure what you should do. I have good news for you. The Bible says in Matthew’s gospel that Jesus saw the people and he responded in a specific and profound way. When Jesus saw the multitude He felt compassion on them. If you are distressed and dispirited Jesus cares. If your life has been impacted negatively by this thief that has come to steel, kill and destroy, Jesus cares. His heart is moved with compassion toward you. He is the good shepherd sent by God to distressed and dispirited sheep like you and me. He can restore you. He came to give you life abundant and beyond what is even necessary. Trust Jesus friends, He is the good shepherd who truly loves you. He is the shepherd who provides every need and leaves you without want. He is the shepherd who can restore your soul. He is the shepherd who can protect and sustain you in the valley of the shadow of death and in the face of our enemies. If you are distressed and dispirited you need a shepherd. Jesus is able and ready to serve as your shepherd. His care is out of this world.