Today's Reading: John 10:11-16
I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring even these, and they will hear My voice. There will then be one flock, one Shepherd." (John 10:16)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. How can He not be? He sent no angel or prophet or saint to do His job. This is God's job. He's the Good Shepherd who gives up His life for the sake of His sheep. He sheds His blood for them, dies for them, even rises from the dead for them.
He's taken on the whole pack of wolves. He bore the sins of His sheep. He took on the devil. He went through death. Every enemy that could destroy His flock, seize it, scatter it was taken care of by His holy life, death, and resurrection.
We can see that He's the Good Shepherd because He does all of this for His flock, His people. He's the Good Shepherd, the Good King after all. He's "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
But what does that mean for you? You were born too late, weren't you? And most likely you've got the wrong ancestry, too! We're not Jews. We're not of the people of Israel. We're all descendants from pagan Gentiles. We're not sheep, just Gentile dog sinners (Matthew 15:26). What can we spiritual misfits do?
But take heart! Listen to what Jesus says again, "I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring even these, and they will hear My voice. There will then be one flock, one Shepherd." Jesus has other sheep that He will call and gather. He will be even their Good Shepherd.
In fact, He already is! That's right! He's your Good Shepherd, too. He gave up His life for you. He drowned you, the dog that you are, and He, being the Lord and Creator of all, brought forth from the water not a stinky wet dog, but a fluffy white sheep that gladly hears and follows his Good Shepherd.
It's God's job, but He gladly does it. He's the Good Shepherd giving up His life for you. He makes you His sheep. You're His; He is yours. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Merciful Father, who by the humiliation of Your Son raised up the fallen world, grant to Your faithful people perpetual gladness, and make those whom You have delivered from the danger of everlasting death to be partakers of eternal joys; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Easter 3)