A Leader to Follow
In our day we appear to be facing a crisis of leadership. In both church and state there are few individuals who are worthy of our respect, and who we feel able to trust. Many of the clergy seem unsure as to what they really believe, and cannot speak with authority on moral matters. Politicians tend to look only to the short term, unlike the statesmen of former times. They make promises which are beyond their ability to fulfil, raising the hopes of the people, and then excuse themselves when they fail to keep them. In a sense it is not surprising that things are as they are. All men are fallible and we were never meant to depend wholly upon them, even the best of them. We must lift our sights higher than this world.
That we all need a leader is clear from the Bible, which says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isa.53:6). Sheep will go here and there as it pleases them, wandering from their familiar pastures and ranging far and wide across the hillside. They may place themselves in great danger. As sinners we are just like that. With our fallen nature we disobey God’s word and break His commandments, putting ourselves “out of the way” (Heb.5:2).
The wonderful thing is that there is a Saviour for such, One who is able take us from the brink of hell, through all the trials of this life and eventually into heaven itself. In the Bible we find God saying of His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people” (Isa.55:4). What sort of a leader is Jesus?
Jesus is a good leader. He has His own people who are dear to Him and He has done the greatest possible good for them: He has laid down His life for their sakes. Think of that! The one who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, suffered at God’s hand in the place of sinners. He was made to be sin for them and bore the wrath and curse of God for them. His love to them is such that He willingly shed His own blood to save them.
Jesus is also wise leader. He knows each and every one of His people wherever they are to be found. He calls them with a mighty voice in the gospel and takes them into His loving care. He knows the strong saints and the weak saints, the cheerful saints and the sorrowful saints. He knows them all and sympathises with them in their every need, trouble and trial. He has abundant and manifold grace to give to each one who seeks it from Him.
Jesus is finally a faithful leader. David, though a king himself, gladly testified, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psa.23:1). He had full confidence in His faithful Saviour and so he followed Him, even when it was not an easy thing to do so. Jesus has never failed His people, even in one promise. In eternity Christ still leads His people and they still follow Him: “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters” (Rev.7:17); “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth” (Rev.14:4). Has Jesus called you to Himself and become your Saviour and Lord?