THE WEEKLY WORD...
“‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’”. (John 10:11)
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 John 3:16)
Dear Church Hill Faith Family,
During ancient times, shepherding was a perilous profession. The main responsibility of the shepherd was to protect the flock from harm. It was the shepherd’s job to ensure that the sheep were well fed, that individual sheep did not wander off, and that the sheep were not killed by predators. If necessary, a good shepherd was willing to risk his own life to save the sheep from harm. Because the shepherd prioritized the safety and welfare of the sheep above even his own life, there was a relationship of deep trust between shepherd and sheep.
Throughout Scripture, God is compared to a human shepherd. In John 10, Jesus famously refers to himself as “the good shepherd [who] lays down his life for the sheep”. Just as a human shepherd is willing to sacrifice life and limb for the sake of their flock, Jesus has sacrificed his life for us, so that we may be freed from the forces of sin and death which oppress us and experience new life in the Spirit. Jesus is always working for our good—let us trust Him and listen to His voice.