Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 1st, 2020
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.”
John 10:11 (NLT)
Back in 2018, for the Remembrance Day edition, each cover of Maclean’s Magazine had the name of a Canadian soldier who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1. The magazine said this: “The First World War was the deadliest conflict in Canadian history by far, representing a loss of life that can be difficult to comprehend 100 years later. In the process of compiling the names of 66,349 Canadian servicemen and women killed during the First World War we analyzed digital records that give a sense of the scale of the sacrifice.”
While we all have to make sacrifices from time to time in life, there is no greater sacrifice than laying down your life. That is far too common an experience during war, but it can happen at any time. John 15:13 tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down our lives for a brother or sister. This is, in fact, the heart of the Gospel. Jesus laid down His life for us so that we might have our sins forgiven and our lives transformed. John 10:11 says this: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” The idea of human beings being sheep is a common one in the Bible. Sheep need a shepherd, and the best take seriously their responsibility to protect their flock. Jesus loves us and knew that for us to be redeemed from the clutches of the Enemy, it would demand His life. He willingly went to the cross, knowing that when His blood was shed, our redemption was purchased. Have you experienced the joy of being redeemed? If not, place your trust in the loving Shepherd Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.