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Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 25, 2010

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Fourth Sunday of Easter “C”                                                                                     

25 April 2010                                   


John 10:22-30


“Don’t keep us waiting any longer Jesus.  What do you have to say for yourself?  If you’re the Christ, tell us.  And don’t spin it.  Give us a simple and plain answer.”


You and the Jews don’t lack evidence that Jesus is the Christ.  Good grief the sermons Jesus preached in Jerusalem (John 5, 7, and Blogger Smiley are very clear.  And the works He has done “in the Father’s name … bear witness” that He is the Christ, the Messiah.  He just finished opening up the eyes of one born blind (John 9).  Again, it’s very clear who Jesus is.  He is the Christ.  He is the Savior.  So you and the Jews don’t lack evidence.  What you and they lack is F-A-I-T-H!


Don’t blame me.  That’s what Jesus Himself says.  “I did tell you but you did not believe.  The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe.”   


“You do not believe.”  This is the tragedy.  This is the big sin.  Not believing that Jesus is the Christ.  Don’t believe in Jesus and there’s no eternal life for you.  Don’t believe in Good Shepherd Jesus and you are not one of His sheep.  Not part of His flock.    


Jesus is exclusive.  He alone is the Savior.  He is not one savior among many.  When it comes to salvation its Jesus or it’s no one.  He allows no competition.  No rivals.  He alone is the Lord your God.  He alone took on your flesh.  Only Good Shepherd Jesus bore all your sin and took your damnation.  He alone said:  “It is finished.”  Good Shepherd Jesus rose from the dead victorious over your enemy Grim Reaper Death.  Only Jesus has crushed Satan’s scaly, pointed head.  Good Shepherd Jesus is the Christ.  He has won and achieved the salvation job.  That’s the fact. 


And that’s precisely the problem for people who … pick up rocks. What is that in your hands?  Are they rocks?  Some of them are quite large.  Is Jesus a problem for you too?  Do you, His sheep, want to get rid of your Shepherd too?  After all, who does He think He is? 


Well, He tells you.  “I am God’s Son.  The Father is in me doing His proper work and I am in the Father doing what He sent me to do.”


“My sheep listen to my voice.  I know them and they follow me.  I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”    


That’s precisely why the great multitude in Revelation 7 proclaims:  “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb [who ironically is the Good Shepherd too].” 


The Lamb Jesus is also the Good Shepherd.  He laid down His life for you – His sheep.  To give you life.   How incredible!  The sheep reject their Shepherd, make sure He gets hung on the cross, and in that dying He does His best shepherding job ever.  “When I am lifted up I will draw all to myself.”  And the most incredible words ever spoken:  “Father, forgiven them.”      


You have been given to “listen” to His voice.  So that you may believe that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God and so that by believing you have life in His name.  Eternal life.


“I give them eternal life.”  That’s His promise.  “No one can snatch them out of my hand or my Father’s.” 


Are you saved?  Do you have eternal life?  Will you be raised on the last day?  The answer is:  Yes, yes, and yes!  Why?  Because Lamb of God Jesus died and rose for you!  Because you are washed in the blood of this Good Shepherd who laid down His life for you!  Because you are buried with Him into His Good Friday death through baptism!  Because Good Shepherd Jesus gives you His body and blood with the bread and wine with His promise of forgiveness for all your sin.


Jesus is the Christ!  For you!  He’s not your problem.  He’s your solution.  To all your sin.  To your death.  To your hell.  So put down those rocks. 


Today – Crucified and Risen Good Shepherd Jesus speaks.  He’s the actor.  He’s the giver.  He’s the Savior.  Listen to His voice:  “I am God’s Son in the flesh for sinners like you.  I know my sheep.  I know you.  Shed my blood just for you. I put my name on you.  Eternal life is yours.  No one can snatch you out of my hands or of my Father’s who sent me to save you.  Plain enough for you?  Of course it is.”


Happy believing in Jesus! 


In the Name of Jesus.                         





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