Jesus the Good Shepherd

Posted: July 13, 2015 in John

John 10:11-21, “Jesus the Good Shepherd”

The classic funeral text actually has little to do with funerals.  [Psalm 23] When many people hear this, we conjure up mental images of stale funeral halls & perhaps more-stale preachers reciting Psalm 23 in a low monotone voice.  But if you ever read Psalm 23 with fresh eyes, we read of a beautiful setting: serene, peaceful, guided by God who leads us as a shepherd leading His flock.  We even read of a banquet hall, where we are feted by God as victors, and blessed by Him in the presence of enemies.  Far from a funeral, this sounds pretty good!  Can you imagine being led by Almighty God in this way: enjoying His personal presence & care?  That is exactly what Jesus promises to do for us, and He uses the same imagery in John 10.  We are led by God as the shepherd – we are protected by God as a shepherd – and we are even promised the victory over death through the same victory of this Shepherd as He powerfully rises from the grave.  Through Jesus as our Good Shepherd, we also have the promise of enjoying the goodness & mercy of God, and dwelling in His house forever!

Not that this comes without any resistance.  There are those who look to steal away the joy from God’s people.  There is one who especially comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  But there is another who cares for us more than we can possibly imagine: Jesus, our wonderfully Good Shepherd.

Earlier, Jesus had taught that the legitimate shepherd entered to his flock through the door to the pen, and that the shepherd knew & led his sheep by loving example (all in contrast to the stranger).  When it came time to explain the parable, Jesus didn’t expound upon the shepherd, but upon the door.  Jesus IS the door of the sheep. That is part of His divine identity.  No one entered into the salvation, safety, and provision of God apart from going through Jesus.  A door also protects, and Jesus contrasted Himself with the thief who brought death.  Jesus protects His own, and offers abundant life to them.

That is Jesus as the Door – but what about Jesus as the Shepherd?  Jesus had introduced the idea, but didn’t say much about it.  Now He turns to it in-depth.  As the door, Jesus protects the lives of His sheep; as the shepherd, Jesus lays down His life for His sheep.  Instead of the sheep being sacrificed, the shepherd becomes the sacrifice – all according to the perfect plan of God.

John 10:11–21
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

  1. Contextually, Jesus has not ceased speaking.  Earlier, He had ministered to & reached out to the formerly blind man that He had healed from blindness.  In the process, He had condemned the Pharisees as being willfully blind to the works and Messiah of God.  That’s when He gave the illustration of the door and the shepherd.  He explained with one “I AM” statement regarding the door, and now He gives a second “I AM” about the shepherd.  This is part of the revelation of Jesus’ identity – this is part of Jesus’ essential character/role as God the Son.  “I AM” = the Greek translation of how God revealed Himself to Moses in the wilderness.  The people of Israel never called God “I AM,” but a form of “He is”: Yahweh = the ever-existent One.  All of the “I AM” statements of Jesus call upon this idea, revealing His own personal claims to being God.  In this case, He is God the Shepherd. More than that, Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He isn’t some generic caretaker of Israel – He is the very best.  His essential quality as the shepherd is that He is good. [καλος = intrinsically good.]
  2. Throughout the Scriptures, God has often worked with shepherds.  Abel was a keeper of sheep (Gen 4:2), Abraham was a shepherd (as were Isaac & Jacob).  The sons of Israel originally gained employment in Egypt because they were shepherds (Gen 46:34).  Upon fleeing the wrath of Pharaoh, Moses became a shepherd.  The premier king of ancient Israel, David, began life as a shepherd.  And the list could go on…  Yet for all of this, shepherds were not highly esteemed among the Jews.  They were often elbow-deep in stuff that was unclean, and the nature of what they did kept them off in remote areas, isolated from others.  It was a dangerous position, with the shepherd as the only protection the sheep had against not only thieves, but also lions & bears.  This wasn’t a career field an ancient Jew would have aspired to.  And with that in mind, how did Jesus specifically reveal Himself to Judea?  As a shepherd.  More than that, how did He describe Himself as Almighty God?  As the Good Shepherd.  What the people esteemed low, God esteemed high.  What they viewed as degrading, God viewed as holy. 
    1. God’s ways are not our own, and praise God for it!
  3. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, were there bad ones?  Yes.  The nation of Israel had seen their share of bad shepherds.  The men entrusted with teaching God’s word to His people had often been unfaithful, and God condemned them as irresponsible and selfish. [Ezekiel 34:1-10]  The priests of Judah should have cared for God’s people as shepherds cared for sheep.  Instead, they only cared about themselves & left God’s people to suffer and die.  The priests should have gathered God’s people together and protected them from the lies of idolatry, but instead they led the people into sin & allowed the flock to be scattered.  Through Ezekiel, God goes on to say how He Himself would personally be a Shepherd to His sheep, and that He would send Someone far better: Jesus.  Ezekiel 34:23–24, "(23) I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. (24) And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken."  Now this Son of David stood in front of the people, proclaiming Himself as the Good Shepherd.  Prophecy was being fulfilled right in front of their eyes!
  4. In regards to God’s condemnation of the ancient priests as irresponsible shepherds, the tie to the Pharisees was obvious.  They were doing the same thing, following in the same example.  They had demonstrated it most recently in their harsh treatment of the blind man.  Instead of rejoicing in the work of God in this man’s life, they berated him & cast him out of the synagogue.  They had even tried to turn his own family against him, and drive him away from any access to God.  This was not the work of kind, loving shepherds – these were the actions of thieves & robbers!  God would judge these evil shepherds, and rightly so!
    1. God still judges irresponsible shepherds.  The word “pastor” is simply another word for shepherd, and the words of Ezekiel 34 ought to cause any pastor to tremble in a holy fear of God.  The NT affirms that teachers of God’s word will be held to a stricter judgment.  That’s not something to take lightly.
  5. How does the Good Shepherd demonstrate His goodness?  Through His personal sacrifice.  (Introducing a theme that follows throughout the rest of the illustration.)  The Good Shepherd “gives His life for the sheep.”  Keep the immediate context in mind.  In vs. 10, Jesus promised abundant life.  Not only did Jesus come to give life to us, He came to give His life for us.  Jesus came to lay down His life willingly out of love for His sheep.  This is tied directly into His coming into the world.  The very reason for His miraculous birth was His sacrificial death. … And it was a sacrifice, by very definition.  His life was laid down on behalf of others – in this case, His own sheep.  Think about that for a moment.  Shepherds raised sheep for sacrifice.  They specifically raised sheep for slaughter, either as food for the masses, or temple worship.  But in this case, the roles are reversed.  It is the shepherd who becomes the sacrifice.  It is the shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.
    1. This is the gospel, is it not?  We deserve to die.  As sinful men and women, our future ought to have no expectation other than death.  And yet the very One who has the right to deal out our death is the One who died in our place.  The Shepherd died for the sheep.  This is the love of Jesus for you!  This is the One who calls to you to repent, believe, and be saved!

12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

  1. The shepherd is contrasted with “a hireling.”  This was an employee – a hired hand – a lower servant.  This one doesn’t own the sheep, doesn’t have a relationship with the sheep, doesn’t love the sheep.  IOW, he’s not the shepherd.  He isn’t invested in the sheep as the shepherd would be.  This makes sense, when we think about it.  To an ancient shepherd (or even a modern rancher), his whole livelihood is wrapped up with his livestock.  If he doesn’t have sheep to sell, he doesn’t eat.  If his flocks die off, so does his family.  He has a vested interest ensuring his sheep are safe & healthy.  A hired employee simply doesn’t.  If the sheep die & his boss goes out of business, the hireling simply looks for a new employer.  The hired man isn’t much worried about the health of the sheep, beyond just doing his basic job – he certainly isn’t going to put his own life on the line for them.  They aren’t worth the personal risk.  Thus when the wolf comes, the only life the hired man will save is his own.  He’ll flee, leaving the sheep to fend for themselves.
  2. Who Jesus described as the thieves & robbers earlier – who He called strangers – who God through Ezekiel called the irresponsible shepherds of Israel – these are the hired hands.  These are the ones who do not care about the sheep of God.  On one hand, they do the work of the devil as they steal God’s sheep away from Him – but on the other hand, they flee the devil when he approaches like a wolf.  They flee him when he brings destruction.  These false shepherds are not truly shepherds at all – they are hired hands, not caring about the sheep.  These were the Pharisees & other religious rulers of Jesus’ day.  They weren’t invested in God’s people.  They were invested only in themselves & their own quest for power.
    1. Two thousand years may have passed, but circumstances haven’t changed much.  Too many “pastors” are irresponsible shepherds, not caring about the will of the Ultimate Shepherd of the Church.  They are nothing more than hired hands, if that.  They look out only for themselves & when they see the onslaughts of Satan (or life in general), they run the other way.  They care nothing for the sheep, feeding them slop, rather than the solid word of God.  They bow to the culture, ready to compromise the truth of Scripture as long as it helps them in their own personal quest for money & power.  Beware the hired hands!  Beware the false teachers & pseudo-shepherds!  They might come in fancy packages with big church buildings & slick marketing, but they leave Christians for dead when it suits their own purposes.
    2. What’s the difference between a true shepherd & a hired hand? (1) A true shepherd loves God’s people; a hired hand loves himself. (2) A true shepherd feeds God’s people, giving them what is required from the Bible.  A hired hand leaves them to fend for themselves. (3) A true shepherd understands the sheep are not his own, and thus always points people back to the Ultimate Good Shepherd.  A hired hand puts the attention on himself.  1 Peter 5:2–4, "(2) Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (3) nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; (4) and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away."  Pastors are accountable to the Ultimate Senior Pastor: the Lord Jesus.  As the Church, we need men who remember that & take that with the utmost responsibility.

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

  1. Jesus is the Good Shepherd!  He said it before & repeats it here (just as He did with His statement as the Divine Door).  Repetition in the Scripture is never by accident, and almost always for emphasis.  God wants us to get the point!
  2. Previously, Jesus spoke of His sacrifice as the Good Shepherd – He was the one who gave His life for the sheep.  Now, Jesus speaks of His relationship as the shepherd.  Unlike the hired hand who cares nothing for the sheep, the Good Shepherd cares deeply for them.  How can we tell?  Because He knows His sheep & is known by them.  This takes time, commitment.  No one knows another overnight – it takes time to get to know one another in this way.  The Good Shepherd is so invested in His sheep that He took that time.  How much?  From eternity past!  God has always known us.  He knew us from before the foundation of the world, and He has loved us from that same point.  But it gets better.  Even if we assume God knew us & loved us instantly (because He is God), we can’t say the same thing about ourselves.  Yet this loving relationship extends both directions.  Jesus not only knows His sheep, but He sheep also know Him.  He makes Himself available to us that we can truly know Him personally.  He makes it possible for us to know Him as Almighty God.  Not just to know about Him, or to know of Him, but to know Him.
    1. Have you considered what a privilege it is to know and be known by God?  Ever been around people who like to drop names, bragging about who it is they know? Jesus is the ultimate name-drop!
  3. Question: how well do you know Jesus?  He says that He is known by His own.  He makes Himself available to us.  If you’re a born-again believer, then you’ve responded to His voice & call when you trusted Jesus for your salvation.  So yes, you know His voice, and followed Him.  But beyond that…how well do you know the God who saved you?  Jesus knows you intimately.  Have you taken the time to know Him in the same way?
  4. Notice the other aspect of relationship: ownership.  Jesus’ sheep are His “own.”  This gets back to the idea of assurance – to our eternal security.  We do not belong to another (not even ourselves); we belong to God.  Jesus knows who belongs to Him in faith, and He has His loving eye upon us.  He will not let us go.
  5. As wonderful as all of this is, this isn’t the only relationship described by Jesus.  Just as the shepherd and sheep know one another, so do Father and Son.  See vs. 15…

15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

  1. Jesus gives us a bit of insight to the Trinity.  He already affirmed His deity through the numerous “I AM” statements (specifically here as the door & good shepherd).  Yet though Jesus is God, Jesus is not the Father.  Jesus and His Father are one (something He’ll teach in vs. 30), but Jesus and His Father are still different.  Father & Son know one another, just like shepherd & sheep know one another.  Father & Son experience eternity with one another, knowing one another in the highest & purest relationship possible.  There are no secrets between them – no animosity among them – they know one another & fully understand the purpose & roles each of them have.
    1. Interestingly, Jesus makes the implication that we can know Him in the same way.  “Just as the Father knows Me…”  Imagine knowing your Savior as well as God the Father knows God the Son.  Imagine that kind of transparency & intimacy.  That’s what Jesus wants from you!  That’s what Jesus wants FOR you!  God wants you to know Him & to know Him to the highest extent.
    2. How? Through His word – through prayer – through worship – through the Spirit – through service…
  2. What is one thing that God the Father knows about God the Son better than anyone else?  God knows His perfect plan of salvation.  God understood the reason for Jesus coming to earth as a sacrifice.  (Which makes sense, considering it was His plan!)  Jesus came to “lay down [His] life for the sheep.”  He came to give Himself – He came to be the sacrifice.  This is the second affirmation of Jesus’ future suffering at the cross (10:11, 10:15, and will again at 10:17-18).  His coming sacrifice weighed heavily upon His mind! (Contextually, John is building up to the climax of Passover week, where as an author he will spend a lot of time.)

16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

  1. Continuing the picture as the shepherd, Jesus broadens the scope of His flock.  The Jews listening to Jesus would have easily understood His reference to themselves as sheep.  Israel as the flock of God was a common picture throughout the OT (Ezekiel 34 being just one instance).  What was less expected was the idea that anyone else might be included within it.  It’s one thing for God to reach out to the Jews in mercy & salvation – but Gentiles?  Peoples & nations outside of the sheepfold of Israel?  Would God actually save them, too?  More than that – would God actually unite them with Israel so that there would be “one flock and one shepherd?”  Yes!  This is exactly the plan of God!  And it always has been.  The Messiah was promised to Abraham to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen 12:3).  The Servant of God was always to be God’s salvation to the ends of the earth (Isa 49:6).  God prophesied this often in the OT.  Nevertheless, the Jews built up a pretty exclusive view of themselves, and the idea that their Messiah would reach out in mercy & grace to the Gentiles (even uniting with them as one flock) was a radical idea!
  2. People are still surprised at the targets of God’s mercy.  We get the idea that God only saves certain kinds of people.  “Sure, God reached out to me in His grace, but surely He would reach out to that person over there.  He doesn’t look light – she has the wrong background – he’s too far gone a sinner…”  Newsflash: so were you!  So was I!  None of us are deserving of the grace of God, which is exactly why it’s called “grace.”  God does save only certain people: repentant ones.  It doesn’t matter how far gone you think someone is – if they repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, they will also be saved.  And praise God for it!  It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, God still wants you saved.  God wants all ‘those’ people saved, too.  Whoever the ‘those’ are, God reaches out to them with His grace, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
    1. BTW – how will they hear the voice and call of Jesus unless someone tells them?  That someone might be you. 

17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.

  1. It’s only natural to think of God the Father loving Jesus.  After all, their relationship is Father & Son.  But Jesus goes a step further.  He gives a very specific reason that He is loved by His Father: His willing sacrifice.  “Therefore…because…”  Jesus is using the language of logic – of reasoning.  In light of everything Jesus said earlier & because of what He’s about to say next, Jesus is loved by His Father.  Jesus has described Himself as the Good Shepherd who protects His sheep by substituting His life for theirs when the wolf approaches.  He has spoken of His outreach to other nations, as they would be brought into the flock of God through the work of the shepherd.  All of this centers around His sacrifice.  He would give Himself for His sheep (Jew and Gentile), and this pleased the Father.  Every parent rejoices in the obedience of his/her children.  It’s no different with God.  The Father had an eternal plan to send Jesus as a sacrifice, and Jesus was in the process of fulfilling that mission right then & there.  The Father rejoiced in this & loved Jesus even more because of it.
  2. But it doesn’t stop there.  It doesn’t stop with a sacrifice.  Jesus did not come only to give His life, laying it down on our behalf.  He came also to take it up again.  Jesus did not come solely for the cross – He came also for the resurrection! Think it through: the atoning work of Jesus was finished upon the cross – this was His dying cry “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30).  The fullness of God’s wrath towards sin was indeed poured out there, and it was done.  But that wasn’t all Jesus came to do.  It wasn’t only the cross.  It couldn’t be!  If Jesus had come only to die upon the cross, then all of us would still be without hope. We would still be in our sin, without any assurance of the debt that was paid.  If Jesus had come only to die and remain dead, we would have no assurance that He was different from any other prophet who walked the face of the earth.  We would have no reason to believe, and no hope that what Jesus did was enough.  Thus Jesus came not only to die, but also to rise.  The cross does not end with the grave; it ends with the grave being empty.  Jesus gave His life, but He didn’t give it permanently.  He took it up again, and because He did we now have the grandest of reasons to place our faith in Him.  Jesus is our Savior precisely because of the resurrection!
  3. This is also a reason that Jesus is beloved of the Father.  Jesus the Son was not only obedient unto death, but He is forever victorious over it.  That is even more reason for the Father to beam with holy pride & to love Him!
    1. It is reason for us, as well.  The good news of the gospel is not only that Jesus died upon the cross for your sake, but that He also rose again.  Because He rose, He now offers you life, grace, and forgiveness.  Our hope is found in His resurrection!

18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

  1. Jesus tells us two things about His sacrifice & resurrection: (1) It was willing.  (2) It was authorized.
  2. First, it was willing.  Jesus gave His life; He didn’t lose it.  Big difference!  Jesus was never a helpless victim when He gave Himself over to the Jews & hung upon the cross.  At any moment during that ordeal, Jesus could have called down 12 legions of angels to fight for His freedom.  He could have obliterated His tormentors with a single thought.  Jesus was definitely killed by sinful men, but He did not resist it.  This was something He willingly allowed.
  3. Second, it was authorized.  This was something Jesus had the power to do.  He didn’t need to ask permission from death on Sunday morning, asking if it was OK to come out of the tomb.  Jesus had the inherent authority both to die and to rise from death.  Jesus always had power over the grave because that is His right as God.  The One who breathed life into Man certainly has the right and power to breathe life into Himself.  He is the only one who could.
  4. This is a major difference between Jesus and the prophets.  Not only did the prophets stay dead, but they would not be able to rise without permission granted to them by God.  Jesus didn’t need to ask permission because Jesus IS God.  That said, He still did it out of obedience.  Jesus has the inherent right & authority, but He still acted according to the “command” He received from the Father.  Everything Jesus did was according to the perfect plan of God.  He was obedient both in His death AND in His resurrection.
    1. What can be said, other than “Hallelujah! What a Savior”?  Jesus is powerful, yet obedient.  He is authoritative, yet humble.  He is glorious in every aspect of His existence and character.

19 Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. 20 And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

  1. Jesus concluded His teaching, but His words left quite an impact.  Those who heard Him were divided over the things that He said.  It wasn’t the first time the Jews had a difference of opinion over Jesus, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last.  They weren’t sure what to think of Him. Was He demon-possessed?  Was He insane?  After all, who walks around claiming to be God, other than someone who is needs to be locked up in a rubber room?  Who talks repeatedly about their own death, other than someone who is suicidal?  Who even thinks they can raise themselves back up to life, other than someone who is crazy?  If we heard someone on the street talking this way, we’d likely call the authorities to try to stop them from hurting themselves.  But in all of this, there was a massive disconnect.  It was Jesus saying it.  This wasn’t some random guy on the street; this was Someone who had just healed a man blind from birth.  These weren’t the ravings of a lunatic foaming at the mouth; these were the calm words of the most authoritative Rabbit that Israel had ever known. It’s no wonder the Jews were divided & confused!
  2. Yet we don’t have to be.  We can understand the confusion of Israel at the time, but we have an advantage over them: we can look back and see the resurrection.  All of these words about rising from the dead sound downright crazy until it actually happens…and it did!  Everything Jesus proclaimed to the Jews on this particular day came true.  Jesus DID lay down His life on behalf of God’s people, and Jesus DID take it up once again.  Far better than a demonstration of Jesus’ power through healing the blind man is Jesus’ demonstration of power through resurrection.  Far more than giving someone his sight was giving His own body life – and that is exactly what Jesus did three days after the cross.  Jesus IS risen from the dead, and because He is, everything He said is true.  This is no demoniac – this is no lunatic – this is Almighty God, and He is the God who loves us.

Conclusion:
Come to the Good Shepherd!  That is who our Jesus is, and that is how He presents Himself to us.  Think about it – God to reveal Himself to mankind in any number of ways.  Our God is not like the gods & goddesses of Greek mythology who toy with mankind.  Our God is not like the god of the Koran whose wrath is never appeased and who demands his followers deal out death.  Our God is not like the gods of the Hindus who require idols to be built and acts of devotion to be constantly poured out.  Our God is the Good Shepherd!  Our God is the loving God who reaches out to His people in grace.  Our God is the one who knows us & calls us by name.  Our God is the one who loves us so much that He lays down His own life for us, and had the power to take up His life again.  Our God is Jesus!

That’s not to say God isn’t angry regarding sin, or is without judgment.  He is perfectly holy, and sin (all sin, no matter what form) is a massive offense against Him.  That offense absolutely must be judged and set right.  But that’s what Jesus does on our behalf.  Our God certainly demands sacrifice, but He offered Himself as the sacrifice.  The Good Shepherd gave Himself instead of His sheep, and because He did – now He can lead us into safe pasture forever.  Now He gives us the victory over death, and we have the promise of being with Him living into eternity.

So here’s the question: are you following Jesus as your Good Shepherd?  Are you part of the flock of God?

Perhaps you know Jesus has called you, and you’ve believed upon Him to saved – but at the same time, you don’t know Jesus nearly as well as He invites you to know Him.  You followed His voice to be forgiven & be made a child of God, but you haven’t really been walking in the fullness of what that means.  Remember that everything Jesus taught here comes out of verse 10: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  If you’re not living in that over-abundant life, why not?  What’s stopping you?  Why let it stop you any longer?  Spend time with Jesus!  Know Him as your Good Shepherd.  Walk with Him – pray to Him – spend time getting to know Him as He knows you.  He has already given us everything we need to do it – we just need to appropriate it.

Perhaps you’ve been hurt by an irresponsible shepherd in the past.  Perhaps you have wounds from a former pastor or some other spiritual leader.  (Perhaps you even have wounds from me.  If so, forgive me!)  Remember that all pastors are all really under-shepherds, answering to the One Chief Shepherd.  And most of all, remember that Jesus IS your Chief Shepherd.  We have no intermediaries when it comes to Christ.  We don’t need to go through anyone who stands as a gatekeeper to His grace.  Remember that He is the Door.  We either go through Him, or not at all.  But we don’t go through a door to get to the Door.  Go to Jesus, and ask Him to minister to your wounds.  Let Him heal you as only He can.  Too many people get hurt by a pastor & never again walk through the doors of a church.  Or they get hurt by some other Christian & want nothing to do with Christianity.  Christians are fallible; Christ is not.  WE mess up; HE doesn’t.  Let your Good Shepherd lead you, guide you, and heal you.

Or perhaps you cannot say with honesty that you’ve ever known Jesus as your Shepherd.  You cannot say with any certainty that you know you’re included in the flock of God.  Today that can change.  Today you can know that you belong to Jesus.  He already laid down His life for you in supreme sacrifice.  He already took up His life again for you to know that He is the trustworthy God.  Believe upon Him today!  Hear His voice calling your name, and respond to Him.

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