April 30, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!
HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!
INI + AMEN.
He’s your living Good Shepherd. As surely as He laid down His life for the sheep, as surely as He took it back again, He knows His own, and His own know Him. From even before the foundation of the world, He knew them as His own. The Father, too! The Father, in Christ and only in Christ, chose the sheep to be sheep. You don’t look for this choosing, this election anywhere else. It’s only found in Christ who gave His life for the sheep, and who calls all His sheep to Himself through the proclamation of the Gospel “that there may be one flock, one Shepherd.”
Well, that sounds like He did everything, and that’s right. He did. Sheep don’t choose their shepherd. He chooses them. They don’t and can’t do anything to become His sheep. From start, middle, to end, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, does it all, as any good shepherd would. There’s nothing left for the sheep to do except be sheep. Everything else has been taken care. That’s just how Jesus does things.
JESUS DOES EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SHEEP. Continue reading