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Our Tender-hearted Shepherd

. . . he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom . . . Isaiah 40:11

Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why does He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He has a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts His heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of His flock — draw forth His compassion. He purchased them with blood, they are His property — He must and will care for that which cost Him so dear.

Here is boundless affection. Would He put them in His bosom — if He did not love them much?  The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

Here is tender nearness — so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  (John 14:20)

Here is hallowed familiarity — there are precious love-passages between Christ and His weak ones.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  (John 10:27)

Here is perfect safety — in His bosom, who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first.  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  (Proverbs 18:10)

Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort.  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

-C.H Spurgeon

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