SERMONS


Fourth Sunday of Easter at Sanctuary

We approach the Fourth Sunday of Easter, always identified, too, as Good Shepherd Sunday on the church calendar. Ahead of us are some very familiar and precious sections of God’s Word. The Psalmist David wrote, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”  Jesus said, “I lay down my life for the sheep; only to take it up again.” Together, we’ll sing, “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb”. Our primary texts for our worship time on Sunday will be Psalm 23 and John 10. Ours is a day with much uncertainty, of course, and many speak out in ways that imply great knowledge and unimpeachable authority. Deadlines are suggested; then deadlines are given; then deadlines are moved. It is because so much of this pandemic is unknown. There is overreaction and there is underreaction. Great and important events have been canceled, and warnings are issued in rather severe ways. There is wisdom which helps greatly, and other wisdom which may be more harmful than helpful to some. Opinions are expressed; humor is employed; scientists speak, politicians speak; media seek to report, and sometimes not at all accurately or fairly. It is an unusual time – who can understand it? Feel like screaming? Panicking? No! Never! Listen to these words written about 3000 years ago – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” What did David know about enemies? Plenty! What did David know about caring for sheep, and what it said about the Lord? Plenty! Then, about 1000 years later, Christ was born. He lived. He died and rose again. He also taught, He who is our Master Teacher; He, that very Good Shepherd who calls us by name; He, who is loved by the Father because He would lay down His life for the sheep. Each spoke the truth which is eternally right, and which sustains us today. More than that, it is a truth that uplifts us today, and gives us peace. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall lack nothing. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Complete and lasting peace! In Christ, it is true. Jesus said, “I lay down My life, and will take it up again. It is the reason my Father loves Me.” Alleluia. Today, these truths matter. We are at peace, and we are at peace in all things! Alleluia. I am Jesus’ Little Lamb, Ever glad at heart I am! See you soon. LS