Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 3
The Third Sunday after Easter
April 25, 2021

John 10:11-18 (NIV) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 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. 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." 

Scripture compares humans to sheep – in a most unfavorable way: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6. We – every human -- has wandered from the path God would have us walk on and has strayed from the pastures he would have us live in. In fact, since Adam and Eve sinned and strayed from what God wanted them to do and enjoy, all mankind has been doing the same thing. 

But we have a good shepherd looking out for us. God the Holy Spirit has worked faith in us, and our Savior Jesus looks after us. In fact, our Savior gave up his life for straying sheep. And because he did this, we shall never die but have everlasting life. It is quite a comfort knowing we have a shepherd-Savior to watch over us even now as we wait for his coming. 

Prayer
Almighty God, who shows to those who are in error the light of thy truth to the intent that they may repent and come into the way of righteousness, grant unto all who believe that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their confession and follow all such things as agree with Thy will. This we ask through that same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord.
Amen

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