The writers of the Old and New Testaments used many different metaphors for the Lord Jesus Christ. These word pictures vividly describe the marvelous aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry.
While visiting a friend, hymnwriter Albert Simpson Reitz saw the following motto hanging on a wall: “The Lamb Is My Shepherd.” How foolish, he thought. Then he realized that a smudge on his glasses had distorted the second word of the motto. Actually it read: “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”
His mistake started him thinking. He remembered that the Scriptures present Jesus both as the Good Shepherd and as the Lamb of God. Reitz said to his friend, “I’ve just seen the glorious gospel of our Lord in a new light. I’m reminded that the apostle John on the island of Patmos saw a vision, assuring him that the resurrected ‘Lamb who is in the midst of the throne’ will guide His people even when they get to heaven. Misreading that motto on your wall has given me a rich blessing. It could actually read, ‘The Lamb Is My Shepherd.’”
It’s reassuring to know that our Shepherd will guide us safely through this life, and that He will continue to feed and lead us throughout eternity.
The Lord of hosts my Shepherd is—
O sweet these words to me;
And Thou, dear Lamb, will be my Guide
Throughout eternity. —Kendrie
The Lamb who died to save us is the Shepherd who lives to lead us.