Some years, ago, at a drawing room function, one of England’s leading actors was asked to recite for the pleasure of  his fellow guests.  He considered and asked if there was anything special that his audience would like to hear.  After a moment’s pause, an aged clergyman present rose and said,  “ could you sir recite to us the 23rd Psalm.”

A strange look passed over the great actor’s face.  He paused for a moment and then said, “ I can, and I will upon one condition, and that is that after I have recited it you my friend, will do the same.

Impressively, the great actor began the Psalm.  His voice and intonation were perfect.  He held his audience spellbound, and as he finished, a great burst of applause broke from the guests.   Then, as it died away, the aged clergyman arose and began to recite.  His voice was not faultless.  When he had finished, no sound of applause broke the silence, but there was not a dry eye in the room, and many heads and hearts were bowed in reverential awe.

The great actor rose to his feet again.  His voice shook with uncontrollable emotion as he laid his hand upon the shoulder of the aged clergyman, and said to the audience “ I have reached your eyes and ears, my friends. This man has reached your hearts. The difference is just this I know the 23rd Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd!”

Dear reader, do you know the One who called Himself the good Shepherd?  His name is Jesus Christ.  And He is the son of the true and living God.  And to Him alone God has given the power to forgive men their sins (Mark 2:5,10).

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11).

Jesus Christ became God’s lamb of sacrifice by laying down His life for the sins of humanity on cavalry’s cross.  He died in your place.  Have you made Him the shepherd of your soul?  If you haven’t, please do not delay.  Wherever you may be right now He is near you.  Ask Him now to forgive you your sins and invite Him into your heart to become the shepherd of your soul from now henceforth.

To all who receive Him he gives the gift of eternal life, rest from their weariness, they will never walk in darkness, but will go in and out finding pastures for their souls.

Here are Christ’s own words: I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life (John5:24).

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though He dies and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die” (John11:25 – 26).

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11: 28 – 30).

“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty”(John 6:35).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Dear reader, all of these promises will become reality in your life if you will only come unto Him, today, surrender your life unto him and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. 

May God bless you as you do so in Jfesus name. Amen.

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