What a comfort

(Thomas Watson, “The Good Shepherd“)

“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep.”
John 10:14

Christ knows all His sheep. His knowing His sheep
—is His loving them. This is a great consolation.

He knows every one of their names. John 10:3,
“He calls His own sheep by name.”

He knows all the sighs and groans they make.
Psalm 38:9, “My groaning is not hidden from You.”

Christ knows every tear they shed. “I have seen What a comfort
your tears!” 2 Kings 20:5. He bottles their tears as
precious wine. Psalm 56:8, “You keep track of all
my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your
bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.”

He knows all their sufferings. “I have seen the
way the Egyptians are oppressing them.” Ex. 3:9.
“The Lord saw the bitter suffering of everyone in
Israel.” 2 Kings 14:26

Christ knows all their good works—all their works
of piety and charity. “I know all the things you do.
I have seen your hard work and your patient
endurance.” Revelation 2:2

“I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep.”
What a comfort is this!

“He will place the sheep at His right hand and the
goats at His left. Then the King will say to those
on the right—Come, you who are blessed by My
Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from

 the foundation of the world!” Matthew 25:33-34
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