The Lord Is My Shepherd

On April 21, 2016 by saintlukesgresham

Dr. Ted Takamura

God is good… God is good… God is good…

Hear the voice of Jesus, the good shepherd.

When we become part of the fold we will know the voice of Jesus. This is our promise when we say, “Yes Lord yes.” Jesus came to be fully human and took our place to cover the sins of humans past, present and future. This is what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross. Jesus did the miracle of miracles. The perfect Lamb took our place and blotted out the original sin of disobeying God.

The miracle of miracles is that God’s own Son came to earth and took our place. This allows us to return to God because we have been bought by the precious blood of the Lamb, our Messiah. We can return to God simply by accepting Jesus, God’s own Son. Halleluiah!

Psalm 23 gives us hope that we are accepted as Christ’s own as well. We are to carry on what the first church did which is to grow the Kingdom for God. We are to share the Good News. One may ask how a psalm that is used a lot for funerals to be a sign of hope. Knowing that we know the voice of the Good Shepherd helps us be comforted. We are given life after death.
The importance of Easter is that we have hope of being raised from the dead after our death. We may not know when that is, but we can be reassured that it will happen. It will happen because God has always loved His creation. Remember that we are unconditionally loved. It is not because we are good people that God loves us.

In our daily life we must note that every day is precious. Not because we are alive, but because of those around us. The importance of this significant revelation is that each moment may be our last time that we will see that person. It may be the last moment that we can say to others that God loves them. God gives all of us an open invitation to belong to the body, the church.

There are three of us left in my immediate family. Four have gone before us. There aren’t many days that go by that I wished I had been more compassionate to them and others who are no longer on this earth. We have the opportunity to be compassionate to those around us. Do not wait another day to tell someone that you love them and care deeply for them.

Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

He died for everyone so that we can be accepted into the Body of God’s children and have new life. Jesus is asking us to care for one another. He is asking us to see people as they are and help them with their needs. Sometimes it is just being there for them, to listen to them and hear about where they are in life’s journey.

We must have faith that following Christ and saying, “Yes to do the good works that has been prepared for us to do, is what we do as servant leaders and good stewards.” We can believe that all that we have is due to our own accord. But in reality God has provided for us. When we leave this earth we will take nothing with us. Our job is to give of ourselves and what we have to others.

1 Peter states, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. We are given grace because we know the truth and it sets us free. All freedom begins with God’s grace that was given with unconditional love.

There is so much need in this world. Being in this world means that we need to see. We must see people in need near and far. Because some are far away does not give us reason to ignore them. Many are strangers to us.

We must welcome the stranger. If they are far away, we can help by supporting the ministries of others who are on ground. They need resources to feed the hungry and clothed the naked. Resources are what God has blessed us with to share with others.

Meanwhile back to the future before Jesus is crucified, He goes to the synagogue to worship and declare His ministry. Others ask Jesus if He is the Messiah in his home town. They try to discredit Jesus by continuing not to believe that He is the Son of God who came to save sinners. They cannot see that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the chosen one, who is to be sacrificed to cover sin once and for all. The Jews in power do not want to change nor give up their place of status and position and wealth.

Jesus tells all that we are to believe in Him as God’s own Son. We are to hear His voice and follow Him. But many cannot believe. The Sadducees and Pharisees want to explain away the miracles and saving grace offered to all. We have the choice to deny Christ and not accept God’s grace.

Hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. All that we are and all that we have belongs to God. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.

Amen

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