If you’ve ever gone to a mall to people watch, it doesn’t take long to see who knows where they are going and who is lost, trying to find their way. Whether you’re driving a car, searching for something you’ve misplaced or walking on a unmarked trail, everyone from time to time experiences the pain of loss. In the midst of this crisis, a sense of helplessness paralyzes souls, making it obvious that no matter hard one tries, you can’t save yourself.
While traveling throughout towns and villages, Jesus observed the crowd of individuals following him. Watching intently, tears began to swell up in his eyes, as Jesus saw this group as sheep without a shepherd, Matthew 9:35-36. They were looking for something more in life, hoping that Jesus had the answer. Like sheep aimlessly roaming the countryside, hungry hearts longed for meaning to life.
Today, the silent majority wonders when their Shepherd will return. As chaos abounds, modern sheep have been led astray by false prophets, hypocritical leaders and the twisting of the Bible. Exiting the church after high school or during college, pessimistic sheep are searching for alternative means to enter heaven’s gate. Although some turn back, coming to their senses like the prodigal in Luke 15, a growing number remain sheep without a shepherd.
by Jay Mankus