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‘My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.’ –John 10:27-28
Shepherd & Sheep
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It’s still Easter.
Yes, the day itself is now long past, but in the church, we are still navigating our way through this new, resurrected life. Sunday, we celebrated “Good Shepherd Sunday.” It’s a day where we acknowledge the relationship between us and God. Jesus calls himself the “good shepherd” three times in John 10, and then, in case we didn’t quite follow what he meant, he tells us exactly what he means.
A shepherd takes care of his sheep. Watches over them. Guides them. Leads them. Seeks them out when they go astray and carries them back into the pasture. Shepherds keep the herd safe.
We worry a lot about safety.
We have a lot of rules that are there simply to ensure that we and the ones we love stay safe.
But Jesus reminds us that being sheep in his flock means that our safety is taken care of.
In verse 28 of today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that no one will be able to snatch us out of his hand.
Not even death.
Jesus has come, brought you into the flock, given his life for yours, and then even destroyed death so we could continue to live.
Nothing is going to change that.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. When you think of the word safe, what do you picture? Why? What is it about that thing/person/place?
2. Why is safety important to you?
3. How can you be secure in the safety that God provides? What would it take you to trust the words Jesus speaks to us today?
This week, take note of all the ways you ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Every time you notice it, let that moment also be a reminder that God is doing the same thing for you, right then.
You are in God’s care. Always.
Nothing will snatch you out of his hand.