John 10:1–6 (ESV)
I Am the Good Shepherd
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his
voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know
the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
This story recalls a funny event that happened back in the mid 2000's.
I was attending a Pastor’s Conference in Selma, Alabama. While I was there, the conference was offering a tour of the first black Lutheran Church, founded by Rosa Young. I had recently read her autobiography, Light in the Dark Belt, and unexpectedly...
I had the chance to go and tour the first church. A pastor/professor from Concordia University-Selma, led the way. He was a black pastor that had preached at this congregation and he knew and had lived the history that was unfamiliar to me.
I cherished this tour. When we got to the church, the church was locked up. I’m sure all our faces had disappointment written all over them, but that didn’t stop us. There was a window that was about 7-8 feet off the ground that
he said is usually unlocked. Several of us lifted the tall, skinny, 72 year old black man up and he crawled through the window. The tour went on. I was afraid we were going to meet the cops and have explaining to do. A bunch of Lutheran
pastors breaking into a Lutheran Church. But with this pastor/professor tour guide, just about everyone knew him in the area and we were safe. The people around the area knew this man... and in today’s story... the people knew Jesus and Jesus
knew his people. This is Saturday, the day before Easter. Don’t ever think that you are insignificant. Jesus knows you buy name and he knows who you are and he knows your heart. Come, let us prepare to worship our risen Savior
tomorrow, it is Easter!!!
I pray: O Lord, you know my name and you know that I am your sheep. An intruder cannot sneak by you for you know your flock. You are the Good Shepherd and you lead
me and guide me through life. As the Good Shepherd, you also protect me. Thank you, Jesus, Amen.