Sunday, May 8, 2011
Easter 3: A Devotional Commentary
1 Peter 2:21-25 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who did not sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.” Who, when he was cursed, didn’t curse back. When he suffered, didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously; who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
John 10:11-16 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them. The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn’t care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own; even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.
Only in Jesus' hands are you safe. All other shepherds will abandon you to save themselves. Jesus does not seek to preserve His own life but lays down His life for you. When you go astray He will track you down and carry you back. He doesn't hoard food for Himself, He gives you His very body and blood to eat and to drink. Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 12:01 AM