Gate - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

In biblical times, a shepherd was all that stood between the sheep and their demise. Sheep were at constant risk from wild animals and thieves, and it was only the determination of the shepherd that would keep them safe, or conversely result in them being left to be attacked. In using this illustration, Jesus is promising to protect us and keep us safe, even if means he lays down his life for us, as Jesus knew he eventually would.

The analogy reminds us that as sheep we have done nothing to distinguish ourselves or earn this sacrifice. It is freely given to each and every member of the flock; undeserved and overwhelming love. How does one even begin to comprehend the startling nature of this act? Yet knowing of this, how might you shape your life in appreciation of this gift, this grace? How can you draw on the radical generosity of God to bring you peace and reassurance?

Loving God, accept my gratitude and thanks for Your overwhelming sacrifice. Sustain in me a sense of worshipful gratefulness, to recognise and appreciate the blessings You provide me. Open my heart to receive Your outrageous love for me, throughout this day and for all the days to come. Amen.

John 10:11

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


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