“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 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 thoseon 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.

— Thomas Watson


“Cast your burden on the Lord—and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

Cast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins onto Jesus—cast your troubles there also! As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father in heaven! Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God—the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts—the more likely the ponds will be frozen.

Oh! It is a happy way of smoothing sorrow, when we can cast our burden upon the Lord. Oh, you agitated Christians, do not dishonor your religion by always wearing a ‘frown of concern’. Come, cast your burden upon the Lord. I see you staggering beneath a weight, which He would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden—would be nothing but a bit of dust to Him. See! The Almighty bends His shoulders, and He says, “Here—put your troubles here!”

“Cast all your cares upon Him—because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7

— Charles Spurgeon