An Easter Sermon

But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.   -Isaiah 53:5-7

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—  this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.    -Acts 2:22-24

In John 10, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd; and we are very much in need of a shepherd.  He is also described as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrificial lamb that takes away the sin of the world.  When we need a shepherd, he is our shepherd.  But when we need a sacrifice… Jesus is that for us too. 

Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.  He is the Lamb that was slain, but he is so much more.  In short, he is an all sufficient savior. 

Listen to the sermon Jesus, Sheep or Shepherd

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Jesus, Sheep or Shepherd?

jesus_shepherdThe LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

The 23rd Psalm; a very familiar passage and perhaps the most quoted poetry from the Old Testament.  In John 10, Jesus explains that he is the good shepherd.  He is not a hireling, but loves the sheep, and would lay down his life for them.  He has been entrusted by the Father to care for the sheep.  And of course, we’re the sheep.

We’ve all seen pictures of Jesus holding a lamb.   But it’s more than a cute analogy.  Sheep must be cared for.  They have few natural defenses, and are very near sighted.  They need the shepherd.  We too are no match for the devil, often nearsighted (or blind), and desperately need the Good Shepherd.  Continue reading