He Laid Down His Life for Us!
Friday, January 20
“The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…”(John 10:11)
Shepherds were frequently subjected to grave dangers, even giving their life for their sheep. Jesus came to not just rescue us from worldly predators, but to sacrifice His life for us as He died an excruciating death on the cross!
As fully man and fully God, He is the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God who could pay the true price for sin, death (Romans 6:23).
I am always amazed how God orchestrates details. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the sacrificial lamb who paid the price for all our sin. He was born in a stable, placed in a manager in Bethlehem where the shepherds tended the lambs raised for sacrifice in the temple.
Those lambs were the temporary payments for our sins, His was the final payment and victory over death as He was raised from the dead! He gave His life for all His sheep while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8) because of His great love for us!
Prayer for the Day: Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for us while we were still broken and lost. Thank You for Your never-ending love for us. Thank You for saving us and giving us new life in You! – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”