Daily Chapel

Daily Chapel – April 26, 2021

Date: 04-26-2021

Scripture Lesson:John 10:11-18

Preacher: Prof. Ericson

Description: Reading: John 10:11-18 The distinctive theme of this section is the Good Shepherd’s sacrifice for his sheep. He lays down his life for them. Forms of the Greek verb τίθημι, “to lay down,” are repeated five times in these verses. (Verse 11 and 14 offer a possible variant, δίδωμι, to give, with essentially the same meaning in the context). This is the distinguishing mark of the Good Shepherd. In this context, Jesus is not calling himself a moral shepherd, a godly and righteous shepherd, ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ ἀγαθός, though that is certainly true of him. He is “good” in the sense that he functions as the Shepherd should. He bestows his shepherding care in the manner in which it needs to be done. These sheep need more than a defender. They need a Redeemer who will die for them. Jesus knows his sheep, γινώσκω. This is not mere awareness of their existence, nor information gathered in some impersonal way. This is the intimate knowing of personal familiarity and affection. Jesus doesn’t merely know about us. He knows us personally and completely. His sheep know him in the same way. Speaker: Prof. Ericson Hymns: CW 375 – “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” v. 1-3 CW 375 – “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” v. 4-6 Prayer/Day: O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father’s house forevermore; for you live and reign with him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.