Lambert was walking around theÂ field on his shaky little legs. Like mostÂ lambs, he could walk very soon afterÂ he was born. He was calling for hisÂ mother because he was getting veryÂ hungry. Lambertâ€™s sad bleating echoedÂ in the field.
The shepherd, Mr. Goodman,Â heard the hungry little lamb. He knewÂ Lambert didnâ€™t have a mother. He alsoÂ knew there was a lonely mother sheep inÂ the same field. She was looking for herÂ lamb but her lamb had died. Because theÂ mother sheep only wanted her lamb, Mr.Â Goodman had a plan to bring LambertÂ and the mother together. He caughtÂ Lambert and covered him with theÂ fleece from the other lamb. It was like aÂ big fuzzy blanket. Lambert wasnâ€™t sureÂ he liked it! The shepherd led LambertÂ over to the mother sheep. She couldÂ only smell her lamb because Lambertâ€™sÂ smell was covered up, so she decided sheÂ would be Lambertâ€™s mother. He was veryÂ happy.
Like Lambert, you and I need to beÂ adopted. The Lord Jesus Christ diedÂ on the cross and took our punishment.Â When we accept Him as our Saviour,Â our sin is washed away. God then sees usÂ as part of His family, fit for Heaven.
Lambert grew up in his flock. HisÂ fleece grew nice and thick. He acted justÂ like the sheep he was. He saw his friendsÂ wiggling through a hole in the hedge andÂ he followed. He didnâ€™t stop to think ofÂ the trouble he might get into. We are likeÂ that too! The Bible says, â€œAll we like sheepÂ have gone astrayâ€ (Isaiah 53:6). We followÂ people and do foolish things.
In England, where Lambert lived,Â there are brambles. Brambles have manyÂ sharp, spiky thorns. Lambert with hisÂ fluffy coat got caught in the brambles. IfÂ he had backed away, he would have beenÂ free, but instead he panicked. He turnedÂ around and around in circles looking forÂ an escape. More and more thorns foundÂ his fleece. Lambert was held tighter andÂ tighter until he was firmly stuck. HeÂ needed Mr. Goodman to rescue him.
Like sheep, we get ourselves intoÂ trouble. Have you ever done somethingÂ wrong and lied to cover it up? WeÂ are so stuck in sin that we need theÂ Shepherd to rescue us. Thankfully theÂ Lord Jesus Christ said, â€œI am the GoodÂ Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His lifeÂ for the sheepâ€ ( John 10:11). He will rescueÂ us when we ask.
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