But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.-Matthew 9:36
When Jesus saw the people, He saw them as sheep without a shepherd. This sight caused the heart of Jesus to be moved with compassion. In the deepest place that human emotion could be felt, Jesus hurt for the people. Sheep without a shepherd is a frightening sight. Without a shepherd sheep are in danger of predators. They are not sure what to eat in order to stay healthy. They have trouble finding still waters in order to have there thirst quenched. Without a shepherd sheep will wander without direction. Jesus came to be a shepherd to the to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Later on He instructed His disciples to feed the sheep, to care for them, and to serve them. Today the job of a shepherd has been passed on to pastors. The pastor is called to care for the flock of God. They are called to teach the flock, and to serve the flock. The sheep do not exist for the pastor, but the pastor exists for the sheep. The Bible also makes a distinction between a hireling and a shepherd. The shepherd loves the sheep, but the hireling does not. A shepherd invests his life into the care of the sheep, whereas the hireling has ulterior motives of his own. I am so thankful for the example of Jesus. He not only cared for the sheep He laid down His life for them.