Fourth Sunday of Easter
There are many different slogans, catch phrases, and songs that, once someone starts them, we can finish them. “My bologna has a first name—it’s —”; “There are some things that money can’t buy; for everything else there’s —”; “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”
Imagine how different our world could be if we were able to complete Scripture verses as easily as we complete advertising slogans. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” “Just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Consider the beginning of today’s Gospel passage: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
Take just a moment and think about these two short sentences. Jesus is saying to his disciples (both then and now) that he is the good shepherd. There’s no doubt, no question in his voice—just bold and clear, “I am the good shepherd.” And what does this good shepherd do for his sheep, his followers, his disciples? He lays down his life for them. He lays down his life—for you and for me.
What have you done to deserve such a meaningful gift? What have you done to be worthy of someone laying down their life for you? In all honesty, nothing. Christ died for you and for me. Christ died for us hundreds of years before any of us were born, and he dies for us because he loves us.
Most of the time we are not truly worthy of having a savior like this. Sure, we have moments when we do the right thing. But imagine a world where we always did the right thing. Imagine a world where women and men, boys and girls, could get along, could work together for the common good and could live in peace and harmony. Can you even imagine that?
My challenge for you today, tomorrow, and forever, is to live a life that is truly worthy of this unmerited, undeserved gift that our Lord and Savior has given to us.
Jodie L. Harney, pastor
Mountainview Moravian Church, Hellertown, PA