Greetings in Christ!
This weekend is commonly called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” That’s because the Gospel lesson is from John 10 where Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd.
I’ll be preaching this weekend all about how Jesus truly is our good shepherd. But he’s not just our shepherd who takes care of us wayward sheep bringing us back to the fold through the forgiveness of sins. He is a sacrificial shepherd. He is the shepherd who laid down his life for you.
When we read the word “good” in English, we immediately think of something that could be better. “Yeah, that’s GOOD, but it could have been great!” That’s not what the Greek word relays.
Here’s a brief entry from a Greek lexicon (dictionary) on the Greek word that’s used here.
kalos: beautiful, good
Original Word: καλός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (kal-os’)
Short Definition: beautiful, good, worthy
Definition: beautiful, as an outward sign of the inward good, noble, honorable character; good, worthy, honorable, noble, and seen to be so.
kalós – attractively good; good that inspires (motivates) others to embrace what is lovely (beautiful, praiseworthy); i.e. well done so as to be winsome (appealing).
So Jesus being the good shepherd is not about him being pretty okay-ish. Instead, he’s the noble one. He’s the one who is worthy of praise and who calls us to live sacrificially in his steps.
Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, laid down his life for you. Now, in our Christian walk, we live sacrificially. We live focusing on the needs of the people around us trusting in God for the provision of our own needs.
Your shepherd is always with you giving you life and providing for your every need. Christ is truly your good shepherd.
Blessings on your day!
Take a few minutes to look through the Service Folder to see the readings, hymns, prayers, and other parts of this weekend’s service.
You can dig deeper into the liturgy with this segment from Issues, Etc.
Here’s a lectionary summary that connects the theme and readings for this weekend.
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Lays Down His Life for the Sheep
The Lord Jesus is “the good shepherd” who “lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). His life is not taken from Him, but He lays it down willingly, of His own accord, because He knows and loves the sheep. As the One sent by the Father, He has the “authority to lay it down” and the “authority to take it up again” (John 10:18). So has He done, and now He continues to love and serve as the Good Shepherd of the sheep by the voice of His Gospel. He thus calls all people into the fold of His Church, so that there may be “one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16). That is why the apostles “were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2). Since “there is salvation in no one else,” His voice rings out to this day through the preaching of His name, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). His voice comforts our hearts against all condemnation and gives us courage to “love one another” and “to lay down our lives for the brothers,” as He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16, 23).
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