Pastor’s Word

Pastor’s Word ~ Inspiration

John 10:11-18 presents Jesus’s discourse on himself as the Good Shepherd. In this passage,
Jesus declares that he is the shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep, distinguishing
himself from hired hands who flee when danger arises. He emphasizes his intimate knowledge
of his sheep and their recognition of his voice. Jesus explains that, as the Good Shepherd, he
willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his flock, demonstrating his profound love and
commitment. He contrasts his selfless devotion with the self-serving motives of others,
emphasizing his unique role as the one who voluntarily lays down his life and takes it up again.
This passage highlights Jesus’s sacrificial love, his intimate relationship with believers, and his
authority over death and resurrection. It serves as a profound illustration of Jesus’s care for his
followers and his ultimate victory over sin and death.

See you this Sunday ~ Pastor James

A Note on This Week’s Gospel

A Note on This Week’s Gospel

Luke 24:36-48 depicts one of Jesus’s appearances to his disciples after his resurrection. In this
passage, Jesus assures his disciples of his physical presence by showing them his hands and
feet and eating with them. He opens their minds to understand the Scriptures, emphasizing how
his suffering, death, and resurrection were foretold. Jesus commissions his followers to proclaim
repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. This passage
underscores the continuity between Jesus’s earthly ministry and the mission of the Church,
highlighting the significance of his resurrection as the cornerstone of Christian faith. It serves as
a call to witness, reminding believers of their role in sharing the good news of salvation with the
world.

In light of the resurrection see you this Sunday ~ Pastor James