The Good Shepherd (Part 2)

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Oftentimes, we become used to the Gospel, and we forget to marvel that a just God would be merciful to people who are so undeserving, who were even His enemies (Romans 5:10). The most beautiful story ever becomes old to us, and we cease to be amazed that God would humble Himself by becoming a man and living among us -- no, not just living among us, but dying for us. We hear sermons preached on Christ's death and resurrection, we read about it in our Bibles, and we even memorize passages like Luke 23:33-47 that speak about what Christ did for us, but the Gospel has become normal and expected, and we cease to see what's so amazing about Jesus taking the wrath of God for us.

When I was studying John 10, this verse really stood out to me:

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." - John 10:11

Again, think about this in the context of farming. You wouldn't expect a shepherd to die for his sheep. But that is what Jesus did for us. He died for those who were so little and unimportant compared to Him. Why would He live and die for us? There is nothing good in us (except for His righteousness that He has imputed to us; see Psalm 16:2 and 2 Corinthians 5:21). We are sinners who have rebelled against the commandments of God. Why would He bear the wrath of God for us? In Romans 5:8, we have the answer: "But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." How amazing! Christ died for us while we were still living in our sins. As Christians, He is our model for how to live. Because He showed so much mercy towards us, we also ought to show mercy towards others. Because He forgave us of all our sins, we should also forgive others when they sin against us (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13).  May we never tire of hearing about what Jesus did for us!

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

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  1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me...


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