Sunday, April 25, 2010

Easter 4 (Good Shepherd Sunday)

At the church I attended today, six young people were confirmed. How appropriate! The readings were Acts 20:17-35 (sermon text), Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30.

Those in white, coming out of tribulation for believing in Christ, are commended to God. Ever are there temptations to sin, and long are our lists of tribulations. Why? God has allowed them for our good. Creation awaits Christ's return; meanwhile, tribulations cause us to cry to Him for mercy. We are the sheep of the Lamb, the Shepherd. He speaks to us in many ways - church, parents, creation, the Word, sermons, etc.

Pastors faithfully wield the two-edged Word. Law must come first. It kills. Gospel necessarily follows. It brings to life. All our sins are no longer! After justifying us in God's eyes, it sanctifies during the rest of our lives. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain for us! This whole counsel of God is what each pastor must preach. If he does, it is our fault if we don't listen. Listen to Jesus, our Shepherd speaking through undershepherds.

At the end, we will be clothed in white. The Lamb has chosen us.

Soli Deo gloria.

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