HE IS ARISEN! HE HAS ARISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!
John 10:7–11 (ESV)
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did
not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
I was going to get an Easter passage for today, but when I read the text, it really rings of Easter. When I hear Jesus say “Truly, truly,
I say to you, I am the door of the sheep,” I also hear Jesus saying “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” When I hear Jesus say 9"I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved
and will go in and out and find pasture”, I hear Jesus saying “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” When Jesus says “I am the good shepherd.
The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” I think of the cross where he died protecting me from my own sins... and on this day... God raised him up from death and sets us free. Easter is the most important day of Christianity.
Without Easter, our hope is lost. Those who reject or choose not to believe in Jesus... they cannot ignore the facts that Jesus died on Friday and God raised him back to life on Sunday. This is Easter... His resurrection is proof that God accepted
Jesus life, death, as an atonement for all our sins. Christianity is not about death, it is about LIFE. Jesus said in today’s reading: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
I pray: O Lord, I know that I am a sinner and I fall short. I repent and want to do better. You took my sins to the cross and died for me, a death that should have been mine. You are the scapegoat, the Pascal Lamb, the lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world. On this day roughly 2,000 years ago, you raised him back to life. You give us victory over death and a new hope. You forgave me my sins and restored me into your kingdom. Thank Lord Jesus,