April 25, 2021
The reading is from John 10:11-18.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
During Lent this year we have been talking about the 2nd Article of the Apostle's Creed which revolves around Jesus. One week we talked about all the ways that Jesus describes Himself: I am the vine, the way, the truth, the life, the bread of life, etc. We also spoke of this reading where Jesus speaks of Himself as the good shepherd.
Apparently, sheep are not the brightest of animals and will often follow the sheep around it, even if it is into trouble. Sounds a lot like us. But another amazing thing about sheep is apparently they also recognize the voice of their shepherd. Even in the midst of others calling for sheep, they will go to their shepherd. I also think that is a lot like us. We just have to actually stop and listen. I believe we innately desire to follow God; we just sometimes forget to listen and get too distracted by what all the other sheep are doing.
Jesus, Help us to hear Your voice in our lives, Amen
Prayer Concern: That we would all see ourselves as God see us.