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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Good Shepherd is one of the most enduring and powerful images of Christ, and a metaphor that helps us to understand the ways in which God loves us. A shepherd is one who never gives up on protecting their flock, even when it requires them to lay down their own life. The goodness of the good shepherd comes at a cost. The good shepherd lays down his life. This phrase is repeated five times in the nine verses we will look at Sunday.

It is a powerful thing to know that we are loved so deeply and relentlessly, as Jesus describes to his followers in John 10. Although difficulties and dangers are part of living a human life, Jesus assures us that ultimately, we have the protection of his self-sacrificial love which will never leave us out in the cold.

May that assurance be a blessing!

See you in worship Sunday,