Time in the Word

A Study for Easter 4

Theme for the week: "The Identity of the Risen Jesus"

Acts 13:15, 26-33 - The Son of God
Revelation 7:9-17 - The Lamb of God
John 10:22-30 - The Divine Shepherd
Psalm of the week: Psalm 23
TLH # 426 "The Lord My Shepherd Is"

Monday, April 30, 2001 

The 4th Sunday of Easter is known as "Good Shepherd Sunday" It is also the first Sunday in May where we will confirm our Jr. confirmation class. We pray the Lord's blessing upon these young people's lives and ask that the Shepherd and Savior would direct them. Each and every Christian is a sheep of the Shepherd's fold, a lamb of His flock and a sinner of His own redeeming. May the Shepherd watch over you as you live for Him. 

Tuesday May 1, 2001 - Acts 13:15, 26-33

In our text St. Paul preaches the gospel to the synagogue at Antioch. He presents Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior of the world. He gives us an overview of the entire Gospel message. In ignorance Jesus was crucified and killed. Yet God vindicated His Son by raising Him to life. In that process our sins have been forgiven. This is the gospel story that we need to share and heed.

Wednesday May 2, 2001 - Revelation 7:9-17

Who is in heaven and what are they doing? This question is answered in our Epistle lesson. This lesson gives us a picture of what Jesus is doing now in glory. Specifically John lists three items for us to consider. Even now Jesus is seated with God on His throne of glory (v. 4) He has washed His people free from their sins (v. 14) Like a shepherd, He guides His people to living waters of life. (v. 17) This is what we anticipate to experience when we are ushered into glory.

 Thursday, May 3, 2001 - John 10:22-30

This is the Good Shepherd text. Ironically, my own confirmation verse is taken from this section of Holy Scripture. What does Jesus assure us with these sure and certain words?  The Savior expresses two truths. First, we are assured that we belong to God. Second, we are assured that no one can take us out of the Shepherd's hand. The old, old, spiritual reminds us "He's got the whole world in His hands" This is salvation and life. It is truth as Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. You are secure in the hands of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. 

Friday, May 4, 2001 - Psalm 23: 1-3

David who watched over the flocks of His father was well aquatinted with the care of sheep. In this much loved Psalm David associates the Savior with a good and tender shepherd. Jesus is our good shepherd.  As our good shepherd there is nothing that we will ever lack. All is safe when the shepherd guides and leads us.

Saturday, May 5, 2001 - Psalm 23:4-6

Many troubles, dangers and snares surround us. David reminds us that we walk through a valley, where the shadow of death looms large. Even in the face of death we need not fear. Why? Because the Shepherd is near. He accompanies us in the present and assures us of our future. All is well when the Shepherd is near. May He remain close to us all the days of our lives.

Prayer for Easter 4

 Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may know the voice of our Shepherd and follow Him. May the powers of sin and death never pluck us out of Your hand. In Jesus' holy name we pray. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p.52

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series C John R. Brokhoff C. S. S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 pp. 115-117