Red Letter Day 19: I Am the Good Shepherd
2015 Lent Blog
Sunday March 8
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns 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. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
This passage continues on where yesterdays left off with Jesus saying I am the Good Shepherd. Yet even more, the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. It is amazing what comfort this is meant to bring. Jesus says we are meant to have life and have it to the full. Other translations say life, and life abundantly. It is a terrible thing to live your life in fear of anything. Life abundantly is not a life that is filled with things, but a life knowing there is one who watches over you who is willing to do anything for you. And that person is the Son of God himself.
I know a lot of school kids are excited this week with spring break. They tell me this is the good life, no school, no homework. Even more than that is the fact that we have Jesus, who knows you, loves you, and has laid down his life for you. That is a life meant to be filled with abundant joy and hope.
In Christ’s Service,