We are now in the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. Today we start a time where we meditate on what the resurrection means for us and how Jesus continues his work even today.
Today’s devotion is based on John 10:11, “The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. “
In John’s day, being a shepherd was hard and dangerous work. The sheep would wander off and get in trouble where they might die if not rescued. Wild animals abounded who would kill a sheep if it was not with the flock or the sight of the shepherd. A hired shepherd would not be willing to sacrifice his safety to rescue a sheep that was in danger.
That is why John used the image of the shepherd in describing Jesus’ work on this earth. He is willing and, in fact, did give up his life for the lost sheep. He continues to do so today in that that his death frees all who stay under his protection from what the Bible calls eternal death, that is, eternal life apart from the goodness of God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: We pray to you today, Lord, for all you have called to be good shepherds in our congregations. May they be certain of your call to shepherd those you have placed under their care. May they proclaim your Word in such a way that the Good News is heard clearly so that they follow you during their time on earth. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.