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Sunday Services

9:45 am Sunday School
10:45 am Sunday Worship

Echo Evangelique

(590AM WEZE Boston)
Saturday 9:00-10:00PM
88.9 FM SCA
Thursday 7:00-8:00PM

TV Program

TV Channel 23
Sunday 7:00-8:00AM

Bible Study

FRIDAY NIGHT
7:30pm Bible Study
SATURDAY MORNING
8:30am Bible Study
Sunday School
9:45am  10:30am

What child is this? “I am The Good Shepherd.”

Text: John 10:11-30, Psalm 23

Key Concepts:

  • Jesus is the supreme shepherd who lovingly cares for his sheep.
  • There is no peril the good shepherd cannot rescue his sheep from.
  • The Good Shepherd provides all good things for his sheep.
  • The sheep can rest fully assured in the good shepherd’s care.

 

           It is not a fantastic fable that we celebrate during this season. However miraculous and wonderful the birth of Christ, it needs to be and is more the subject of fascination and amazement. We are joyous because this Jesus, born in the manger, means everything to us. The question of his identity lies at the center of the Christmas narrative. This season is, therefore, an invitation to come and witness what God has done. It is an opportunity to get to know Christ intimately as savior as the angel announced (Matt. 1:21). We celebrate Jesus who was born in Bethlehem and who self-identified as the Great I am, God (Jn 58:8), The true vine (Jn 15), the bread of life (Jn 5:35), and The Good Shepherd who cared and died for his sheep. We worship him because he is the fulfillment of a promise from God to his people (Ezek. 34:12-15). This promise came when the people were suffering from the lack of a good shepherd. This reminiscent of today’s plague of false shepherds. Our screens are full of these charlatans who promise miracles in exchange of people’s money. God has a solution for us in the person of his son.

     Jesus declared himself to be the true shepherd, the one promised in Ezekiel who exceed all others in greatness. The definite article makes the difference; he does not say that he is one among others but the magnificent, excellent, the very best one. Christ fulfilled all the characteristics of the good shepherd listed in Ezekiel (34) and in Psalm (23). Unless the shepherd leads, the sheep is truly lost. If God is your shepherd, you need not worry; all necessary provisions have been made for your growth and fulfillment in this life and the next. As David said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” He teaches us how to live and how to honor him in all circumstances. Obviously, the good shepherd provides for all our physical, emotional and spiritually needs. Jesus lived in poverty on earth (Matt.8:20) but he did not lack anything. Indeed, whatever you may be without, if Jesus is your shepherd, you truly lack nothing. Even with the needs we have, our lives are complete in Christ. That is what we celebrate on Christmas. No matter our situation, Jesus is sufficient for us. We can rest assured in his goodness. This ought to be evident in our lives. We cannot live like those who have no shepherd.

        What makes Christ the good shepherd he claims to be? The text outlines three reasons. First, he lays down his life for his sheep (Jn 10:11). Second, He shows and proves his love for his sheep. And last, he provides for the eternal security of the sheep. As Christians we rejoice in the good shepherd who died so that we may have life. A good shepherd does not hesitate to endanger himself for the sheep. Christ did more than putting his physical life in danger; out of love for us, he died in agony as a ransom for our redemption (Matt. 20:28). We can echo the words of the apostle Paul in saying that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21). He gave himself up willingly (Jn 10:17-18) to torture, humiliation and death for our sake because he loves us. We must never forget this. We can affirm with Paul that “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20).

    When Jesus spoke of knowing the father and the father knowing him; he was talking about an intimate knowledge, a close love relationship (Jn 10: 14-15). Indeed, for us, to know Christ is to love him. God speaks to Israel in similar terms in the book of Amos (3:2). He said he knew Israel to refer to his love for them. Jesus in talking about knowing his sheep, is equally declaring his profound love for them. We follow him as the good shepherd also because of the surety we have of our eternal life in him (Jn 10: 27-29). If then God is for us, none can stand against us. In fact, nothing can separate us from his love (Rom. 8:38-39). What child is this? He is the good shepherd. Is he your shepherd? Because if he is, you will want for nothing. Goodness and mercies will fill your life for the rest of your natural existence and for eternity.

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575 American Legion Hwy
Roslindale, MA 02131
Phone: 617-323-3107
Fax: 617-323-3165
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