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Shepherd One?

While working in my study this morning I noted that the news media is giving much attention to the visit of Benedict XVI to the USA. It is difficult to tell if the head of the Roman Catholic Church is the head of a political state or a spiritual leader.

I was surprised to hear that the jet that the pope flies on is called Shepherd One. Makes me wonder. If Jesus got a jet what would it be called. Maybe Servant One.

Jesus said,

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

Peter is the supposed first pope according to Catholic theology. This is a claim not sustained by the Bible. Peter claimed to be a fellow shepherd, but that Jesus is the chief shepherd.

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:1-4)

The photo below, taken at the Nazareth Village, shows a shepherd tending his flock.

Shepherd tends his flock at the Nazareth Village. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.