30 May, 2021
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
– John 10:11
Abba Father, the God of all generations, you have created us in your likeness and given us the breath of life. We offer you, in humble gratitude, praise and worship, glory and honor, because you are All-powerful and yet, unfathomably merciful. You are Omnipresent and yet, you give special care to each of your children wrapping them with your immeasurable love. You are the fountain of Holiness and yet, being a zealous God, you do not abandon us in our sinfulness, having sent your own Word, made flesh, to our rescue.
Jesus came on a specific mission in perfect obedience to your Holy Will, as the only Son of the Father, with the singular purpose of bringing salvation to humanity, restoring us to you, revealing the truth of his ministry, and his relationship to you, Father. He likens himself to the Good Shepherd who knows each one of his sheep, by name, and they know and recognize his voice. He was completely focused on the entire completion of his coming, knowing that it involved giving up his life to redeem us to perfect communion with you.
Our Lord Jesus has lifted us up and saved our souls for an eternity, and with his crucifixion and death, we have died to sin. With his resurrection and ascension we have been resurrected to eternal life as co-heirs and as your adopted and anointed people. Where Jesus, our Good Shepherd goes, we will follow, led by the Spirit of Truth. For Christ lives in us and to live and die in him is to gain eternal life in your grace, Father, in the name of Jesus. Amen