Fourth Sunday of Easter
(12 May 2019)
Acts 20:17–35; Ps. 23:1-6; Rev 7:9–17; John 10:22–30
Of the Day: LSB 709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Offertory: LSB 949 Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship
Distribution: LSB 740 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb
Closing: LSB 672 Jerusalem, the Golden
The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from the Father and became flesh among us in order to rescue us, His sheep. He laid down His life for us and took it up again in order to give us eternal life. By the preaching of His Gospel, He calls His sheep to Himself and keeps them with Him forever. As they hear His voice and follow Him, “they will never perish” (John 10:28), for “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:29). In the same way, faithful pastors (literally, “shepherds”) “care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28), “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Therefore, with all the company of heaven, the Good Shepherd gathers His flock in worship, as they cry: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:10).
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John 10:22-30 (SBLGNT)
23 καὶ περιεπάτει ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ ἐν τῇ στοᾷ ⸀τοῦ Σολομῶνος.
24 ἐκύκλωσαν οὖν αὐτὸν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ ἔλεγον αὐτῷ· Ἕως πότε τὴν ψυχὴν ἡμῶν αἴρεις; εἰ σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστός, εἰπὲ ἡμῖν παρρησίᾳ.
25 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Εἶπον ὑμῖν καὶ οὐ πιστεύετε· τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ πατρός μου ταῦτα μαρτυρεῖ περὶ ἐμοῦ·
27 τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἐμὰ τῆς φωνῆς μου ⸀ἀκούουσιν, κἀγὼ γινώσκω αὐτά, καὶ ἀκολουθοῦσίν μοι,
30 ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν.
(22) And the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
(23) And Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's Porch.
(24) Then the Jews encircled Him, and said to Him, Until when do You lift up our soul? If You are the Christ, tell us publicly.
(25) Jesus answered them, I told you, and you did not believe. The works which I do in the name of My Father, these bear witness about Me.
(26) But you do not believe for you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.
(27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
(28) And I give eternal life to them, and they shall not perish to the age, never! And not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand.
(29) My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to pluck out of My Father's hand.
(30) I and the Father are One!