Friday, July 6, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

John 10: 1-15
"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. "(John 10: 14-15)
Two men were invited to recite psalm 23. One, an orator and a well-known stage performer, repeated the psalm in a powerful way. When he finished, the audience cheered up his wonderful performance. Then the other man who was much older, repeated the same psalm slowly. But when he finished, people sat in a deep mood of devotion and prayer. The first man stood in front of the old man and confessed, "I know the psalm, but my friend knows the shepherd". Do we really know the shepherd? If we really know him the shepherd will make our life more abundant and rich. In his own word, Jesus tells us, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Let us focus on three points.
1. The Good Shepherd is our Security: The shepherd tends his flock day and night. He would gather the sheep into the sheepfold at night for their safety and security, since there were no doors to these places of shelter for the sheep. Jesus is the door, the loving protector and caretaker of his flock. We seek temporal safety in appointing gunmen, or by fixing giant gates, security alarm system, etc., but Jesus is our permanent security and he will protect us from all casualties.
2. The Good Shepherd is our Savior: Jesus, the good shepherd is our savior also. John chapter 10 tells us how thieves and wolves come to destroy the sheep. But the good shepherd is there to save them. He has a genuine love towards all sinners, and is able and willing to save us from evil and give us eternal life. Jesus, the good shepherd, sacrificed his life and died on the cross for our sins.
3. The Good Shepherd provides Satisfaction: Jesus, the good shepherd always stands with us, not for his benefits, but for the welfare and satisfaction of his flock. He would give guidance, protection and sustenance, even at the cost of his own life. We are blessed and benefited by the Lord all through Our life. Are we satisfied with God's blessings?

Prayer:
Lord our good shepherd; we rededicate our lives before you to live a life with deep gratitude and great satisfaction. Amen.

 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A Good Shepherd knows the heart of the sheep.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church