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A Risen Savior – Mark 16:6

A Risen Savior Mark 16:6

In this A Risen Savior Mark 16:6 devotional, we’ll learn the most exciting and important statement in human history. Jesus died on a cross and for three days all hope seemed lost. But then He was resurrected! He’s alive and well. And because He lives, now we have the hope of a new life in Him.

 

He is Risen Bible Verse

The gospel of Mark recounts the women who went to the tomb to take care of the body of Jesus. On the way there, they talked about which one of them would roll the heavy stone away from the tomb’s opening. Something most women might worry about.

But when they arrived, they didn’t need to worry anymore. They were greeted by an angel who said to them…

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.                                     

                                          Mark 16:6 NKJV

 

What is the meaning of Mark 16:6?

What an exciting statement!

Jesus conquered death and has risen from the grave!

On Friday, things looked bleak. The Messiah, the Chosen One, suffered great pain and humiliation on the cross.

But on Sunday morning, His suffering turned to victory when He rose again. A miraculous act of God for our benefit.

Without the resurrection, all hope of heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have a living hope for a future life after death with Him.

We Serve a Risen Savior

All over the world, Christians are preparing to celebrate Easter. On that morning, we’ll get dressed up in our Sunday best, go to church, sing hymns to worship Jesus, and listen to the pastor deliver the gospel message.

Why?

Because this is our holiday! It’s a time to reflect on the fact that Christ has saved us from our sin by His resurrection. And a time to get pumped up about the salvation we have in Jesus!

No other religion worships a risen Savior as we do.

Other world religions worship little “g” gods who are long dead. But we worship a great big God who has the power to raise the dead to life again just as He did two thousand years ago!

Jesus Christ is alive and well! And His resurrection is proof that God is in control no matter how bleak things might look.

Our Heavenly Father has the power to turn the darkest day in history into the brightest future we could ever imagine.

And if He could do it then, He can still do it now in our lives.

So, let’s celebrate the bright future that awaits us, all because we serve a Risen Savior!

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Jesus Our Risen Savior

The apostle Paul wrote about our hope in Jesus our Risen Savior. And the futile nature of hope without the resurrection.

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                                          1 Corinthians 15:12-14

The resurrection is the central component of our Christian faith. It is essential to our belief in Jesus. Without it our faith would be as empty as the empty tomb found that day.

But our faith is not empty. It is as alive and well as Christ Jesus Himself. And it is based on these facts…

#1 Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could pay the price for our sin.

 

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                           2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life we never could. He didn’t do anything wrong. Yet, He faced the cross, the punishment reserved for only the worst criminals under Roman rule.

He did it so we could be righteous or justified in the eyes of God. And He did it because of His great love for us.

#2 Jesus died on the cross in our place.

 

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)

                                              Galatians 3:13

 

When we think of Jesus we usually turn to the New Testament. But the Old Testament law of Moses is referenced in this scripture.

Even though thousands of years had passed since the law was written, the people of Jesus’ day were familiar with it and probably fearful of facing punishment if they were to break it. They might even have perceived it as a curse.

But by explaining to the people that Jesus became the curse and redeemed them, Paul comforted and encouraged the faithful.

What does this mean to us in the modern age? This verse is as true today as it was then. And we can be comforted by the knowledge that Jesus became the curse for us too.

 

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#3 Jesus rose from the grave on the third day.

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                               Luke 24:6-7

The gospels each tell the story of Jesus. However, they do it in a different way.

This scripture echoes our original verse from Mark 16:6. Here the women are reminded of Jesus’ own words.

Before His death, He told the disciples He would be turned over to the Roman guards to be crucified and rise again on the third day.

It’s an inspirational message of hope for us today straight from the mouth of our Savior.

#4 Jesus’s resurrection was witnessed by over five hundred people.

 

He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me, as one born out of due time.

                                              1 Corinthians 15:5-8

 

When the Apostle Paul wrote this scripture about the resurrection of Jesus, the truthfulness of it was without question. It could be verified by over five hundred eyewitnesses. This made the resurrected Christ a fact, not a theory.

Even now, for those of us who doubt the validity of the resurrection, we can hold fast to the truth of who Jesus is, a Risen Savior, because so many people saw Him after He was raised again.

 

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#5 Jesus spent forty days on earth before His ascension to heaven.

 

to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                                Acts1:3

 

We believe Jesus lived a perfect life, died on a cross for our sins, rose again, and is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us now.

These facts, or infallible proofs as Luke called them, are not happenstance. They are what our belief in Jesus is built upon.

God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. And Jesus spent forty days on earth before ascending to heaven. Because of these infallible proofs, we can have complete confidence in our faith and salvation no matter what the world throws at us.

What was Jesus doing during those forty days?

He was doing more of what the Father sent Him to do.

His mission to die for the sins of the world was accomplished. And spreading the good news of salvation was the next mission.

So, Jesus spent time teaching the disciples how to create more disciples.

In Matthew 28, Jesus gave them and us the Great Commission. Let’s read it together…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age

                                             Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

 

Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. And because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him.

It is not a myth or a story we tell to entertain. It is a fact. And one that we are called to spread to everyone who needs Jesus in their lives.

So, this Easter, let’s celebrate the fact that Jesus lives and share His saving grace with everyone around us.

An Easter Prayer

My prayer for you this Easter is simple. That you will know Jesus died to set you free from sin. That He cares about you and whatever hardship you’re facing today. And that you will know Him as your Savior.

Many Blessings to you on this glorious holiday!

Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen Savior!

Happy Easter!

If you want to say, I serve a risen Savior but you’re not sure how… This easy-to-follow guide, How to Be Saved, will explain it all.

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Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday!

Easter Bible Verses that will inspire you everyday

If you have come here looking for inspirational Easter Bible verses, you’re in the right place! I pray that these Easter verses will give you encouragement and inspiration as we prepare for this momentous holiday season.

Easter is THE Christian holiday. It represents the most important and fundamental belief of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be pointless. But because of it, we have the hope of a future here on earth and a new life in heaven with Him to come.

It is no small wonder that we are the only world religion that worships a living god. Jesus is alive! He has risen from the grave! Easter is the time we set aside to remember the sacrifice of our loving Savior. And God’s Word is full of inspiration about this important holiday. So let’s celebrate Him today with these Easter Bible Verses!

 

 

Classic Easter Scriptures…

These Easter Bible verses are perfect for writing in Easter cards, Sunday School lessons, or reading aloud at your Easter Sunday dinner or annual Easter egg hunt.

 

He is risen! He is not here.

                             Mark 16:6 NKJV

 

Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

                            1 Corinthians 15:12-14 NKJV

 

He is not here; but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you, when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.

                                  Luke 24:6-7 NKJV

 

And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say Place of the Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                   Matthew 27:33-36 NKJV

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to whom He also presented Himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

                                      Acts1:3 NKJV

 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

                                         Luke 24:1-3 ESV

 

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them.

                                         Acts 4:33 NKJV

 

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

                                       1 Corinthians 15:3 NIV

 

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

                                        John 6:40 ESV

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

                                         1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

 

Short Easter Bible Verses

These short Easter Bible Verses deliver the Biblical message of the Easter story and are kid friendly for a Sunday School lesson the whole family will love!

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

                                         John 2:19 NKJV

 

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

                                         John 17:3 ESV

 

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

                                       John 11:27 NIV

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                      Romans 5:8 NIV

 

 

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In His Own Words: Jesus spoke about His impending death and resurrection…

There is nothing better than the words of Jesus! You just can’t improve on them. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, yet He still chose the cross. And to “hear” His words flow through our lives as we read them is an amazing experience.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

                                         John 11:25 NKJV

 

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

                                          Matthew 12:40 NKJV

 

The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.

                                          Matthew 17:22 NKJV

 

All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

I will strike the Shepherd,

And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.

                                        Matthew 26:31-32 NKJV

 

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priest and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And on the third day He will rise again.

                                           Mark 10:33-34 NKJV

 

 

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.

                                          John 10:17-18 NKJV

 

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

                                         Matthew 16:21 NIV

 

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

                                         Mark 2:17 NLT

 

 

Old Testament Prophecies of Jesus’ death and resurrection…

These scriptures plainly show how much forethought went into the coming of the Messiah and His sacrifice on the cross. Before time began God was making a way for us to be with Him. He had a plan, a plan to redeem us through His Son.

For me, these Easter verses kick-start my faith when I need it the most. When I read them, fear and doubt disappear and all that is left is the peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

                                            Psalm 16:10 NKJV

 

For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has

enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.

                                           Psalm 22:16-18 NKJV

 

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look on Me whom they have pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

                                        Zechariah 12:10 NKJV

 

For I know that My Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

                                     Job 19:25 NKJV

 

He will swallow up death forever,

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;

The rebuke of His people

He will take away from all the earth;

For the Lord has spoken.

                                      Isaiah 25:8  NKJV

 

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

                                    Isaiah 53:3 ESV

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

                                      Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV

 

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.

                                     Isaiah 26:19 ESV

 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                    Zechariah 9:9 ESV

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Good Friday Scriptures

 

We couldn’t have the glory of Easter Sunday without the sorrow of Good Friday. These powerful Easter scriptures take us through the agony of the cross and lead us into the glory of resurrection Sunday!

 

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,  for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

                                         Luke 23:45-47 NIV

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

                                         John 19:30 NKJV

Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

                                      Matthew 27:56 NIV

 

this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

                                   Acts 2:23 ESV

 

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,  but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

                                   Luke 23:50-52 NLT

 

Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been cut out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

                                    Mark 15:46 NASB

 

and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.

                                  Matthew 27:29 NIV

 

 A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”

                                 Mark 15:26 NLT

 

Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

                                  John 19:40 NIV

 

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What Bible verse is the resurrection?

The true meaning of Easter is found in these Resurrection Bible Verses. They begin with the magnificence of our Risen Savior and continue with the joy of our salvation we have in Jesus today. Because the story of Easter is evident in our lives every day!


Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

                                  Romans 8:34 NIV

 

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

                                    Mark 16:5 NIV

 

Truly, truly, I say to you, a time is coming and even now has arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

                                    John 5:25 NASB

 

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

                                   Romans 8:11 NIV

 

and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                  Romans 1:4 NIV

 

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

                                   Matthew 28:2 ESV

 

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

                                  Romans 6:4 NKJV

 

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

                                   1 Thessalonians 4:16 ESV

 

When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

                                 Luke 24:23 NKJV

 

An Easter Prayer

As we wrap up our look at Easter Bible Verses that will Inspire You Every day, I want to leave you with one last Easter scripture. This verse is my Easter prayer for you…

 

 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

                                 Ephesians 1:18-20 NIV

 

 

                                       

As you can see in these Easter Bible Verses that will Inspire You Every Day, God planned the death and resurrection of Christ very carefully. Each intricate detail was thought out and painstakingly put into place so that we could have complete confidence in our faith and salvation. Because of Jesus’s death, we have forgiveness of sin. Because of His resurrection, we have eternal life in Him. Praise the Lord, we serve a Risen and Living Savior!

Have a very Happy Easter and may God bless you during this joyous holiday!

If you are not a Christian and would like to know more about what it means to accept Jesus as your Savior, please read this easy-to-follow guide How to Be Saved or click the link at the top of the page.

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Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? – John 10:11

Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd? John 10:11

In this John 10:11 devotional, we’ll learn the meaning of this popular Bible verse and why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Plus, how this scripture plays a big part in our modern lives as Christians.

 

Why did Jesus say He is the Good Shepherd?

Recently, I was asked the question, “Why is Jesus the Good Shepherd?”

Truthfully, I never gave it much thought. I simply accepted what I was taught as a child in Sunday School.

But it’s an intriguing and important question.

So, I did a little research into the book of John 10.

Today I’d like to explore the different aspects of what Jesus was talking about when He called Himself the Good Shepherd.

We’ll break it down into bite-sized chunks. In the end, we’ll fully understand the meaning behind this scripture.

Jesus is the True Shepherd

In John’s gospel, we find the story of the Good Shepherd. It’s one of the parables of Jesus from the New Testament.

In this parable, we learn that Jesus is the Shepherd of the people of God. And we as the body of Christ Jesus are His sheep.

This story begins where John 9 leaves off. Funny how that works, right?

So, let’s recap what was happening.

After Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles, He was speaking with the Jewish leaders about faith. And He explained to them that He is the Son of Man.

This term, the Son of Man, comes from the prophet Ezekiel’s revelation of the promised Messiah. In the Old Testament God gave him a vision of the Son of Man and what His coming would mean.

These men were what we would call in today’s world Biblical scholars. And they understood that Jesus was referring to this prophecy.

Jesus’ claim that He is the Son of God did not impress the Pharisees. In fact, it enraged them.

But Jesus had an answer for them…

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.

                                          John 10:1 NIV

 

By saying they were thieves and robbers, Jesus’ words called out these religious leaders for the way they illegitimately gained power by manipulating the system.

Instead of relying on Almighty God and His power, they used scripture to extort their influence over the people of Jesus’ day.

 

Don’t be fooled by False Shepherds

 

Jesus continued His teaching with this Bible verse…

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

                                         John 10:2-3 NKJV

In sharp contrast to the ill-gotten gains of the Pharisees, the True Shepherd comes through the front door and is immediately recognized by His sheep. He has a personal relationship with His sheep and knows them by name.

By calling us sheep Jesus isn’t saying God’s people are wild animals wandering the hillside, or livestock with a tag stuck to our ear.

We are treasured and unique children of God. And we enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

But there are bad shepherds out here who will try to lead us astray. They will tell us what we want to hear instead of the truth of scripture.

It’s our job to know what the Bible says and to recognize false teachers when we see them.

In this next verse, Jesus shows us how to do it.  

 

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                         John 10:4 NKJV

 

The meaning of the Greek word for the phrase “brings out” is to cast out or to excommunicate. It’s a direct response to the Pharisees casting out a blind man in John 9:34-35.

Essentially, Jesus is calling these men false prophets or false shepherds. The people of the early church did not know the Pharisees’ voice because these men didn’t know God’s voice.

So, how could they possibly follow God’s word and lead the sheep?

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Jesus the Good Shepherd

Have you ever wondered, what does the Good Shepherd do for His sheep?

Well, there are several qualities of Jesus as a Good Shepherd.

So, let’s look at each one and discover the different ways Jesus cares for His sheep.

 

Jesus is the door of the sheep

 

Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 

                                           John 10:7 NKJV

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 

                                            John 10:9 NKJV

In ancient times, the shepherd kept the sheep safe at night by laying down to sleep in front of the door of the sheep’s pen. He did this to keep the sheep safely inside of the pen and to keep predators out.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is the door we must enter through if we want to see God the Father.

Jesus said in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the door is opened to the Father.

Then Jesus becomes not only “the Good Shepherd” but our shepherd. He keeps us safely in the fold and protects us from the predators of a Christian life.

 

Jesus is the leader

…and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

                                              John 10:3-4

A shepherd doesn’t follow behind his sheep, he leads them. The shepherd would go out in the front of the fold and the sheep would follow behind their shepherd.

Jesus leads the way for us. His life is the example for us to follow. Everything He did and everything He said was to teach us how to live. Our path is to follow the example set by our leader, Jesus.

 

Jesus is the One We Know

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 

                                            John 10:5

I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 

                                            John 10:14

Because sheep are timid and scared animals. They will run and hide from someone they don’t know.

Sheep listen for their shepherd’s voice. When he calls to them, they easily recognize his voice and respond. They know exactly who is talking to them and it is a comfort to their fearful nature.

But just because they’re timid creatures, doesn’t mean they’re not smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger’s voice and the voice of their shepherd.

They can, and they won’t listen to a stranger’s voice, even if he calls them the same manner their shepherd does.

In the same way, we can recognize the voice of our shepherd too.

Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and because we have a personal relationship with Him, we can easily recognize His voice when He calls to us.

There are many competing voices out there in the world. And they all want our attention.

But just like the sheep, we shouldn’t listen to or follow anyone other than our shepherd, Jesus.

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Jesus Protects the Sheep

 

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

                                        John 10:12-13 NIV

A shepherd takes care of the sheep and protects them no matter what the cost to him.

If just one sheep goes missing, he will go out to find that missing sheep.

And the shepherd will put his own life at risk to bring it back into the fold.

But a hired hand doesn’t have the same love for the sheep. He’s paid to take care of them. But when push comes to shove, he will leave them to face the wolves all alone and save himself.

Jesus put His life on the line and died to save us. When the wolves came around in the form of the Roman guards, He didn’t run and hide. He faced the cross head-on. And He did it because He loves us.

Jesus is the Savior of the Sheep

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

                                        John 10:10 ESV

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.                                       

                                      John 10:11 NIV

Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power take it again. 

                                         John 10:17-18

The words of Jesus in the gospel of John couldn’t be clearer.

Jesus came to lay down His life for us, His sheep. He willingly gave up His life as a sacrifice for us. Then He took it back up again three days later. Because He has the power to do so!

How fortunate we are to have a Savior and Shepherd who died for us! And who gives us not only abundant life here on earth, but eternal life in heaven through faith in Him!

How is Jesus a Good Shepherd in your life?

Have you ever thought, why do we need a Good Shepherd, to begin with?

Sheep are prone to wander. For no reason at all, they’ll leave the safety of their little flock and go their own way.

Before long, they’re so lost they can’t find their way back to the fold.

So, the shepherd leaves the flock behind and goes out in search of his lost lamb. Its safety is his utmost concern.

And as God’s sheep, we’re no different.

Sometimes we go astray, get lost, or need a rescue mission to pull us back from the brink of disaster.

Our safety is God’s priority. So, He gave us a Good Shepherd who will head out in search of His lost sheep every time we need Him to. That’s how much God cares for us.

 

Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells another story. This one is the parable of the lost sheep. It’s about the shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that went astray.

 

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

                                      Matthew 18:12-14 ESV

 

This story is a great example of God’s love. It’s the reason Jesus was sent to earth to die in our place. And it’s the reason we have a Good Shepherd.

No matter what happens to us in this life, He will leave the ninety-nine to come find us, and bring us back to a place of safety within the fold.

And He’ll continue to do it every time we wander off. Even if it’s a daily habit.

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Psalm 23

Long before Jesus came to earth, there was another shepherd who wrote what is probably the most comforting Bible verse. It’s for those times when we feel like lost sheep searching for someone to save us.

King David is an earthly ancestor of Jesus. And it isn’t a coincidence that he started out life as a lowly shepherd on a hill.

As a young shepherd, David put in the hard work of caring for his flock through thick and thin. He understood what each little lamb needed to thrive and the effort it took to keep them safe.

I’m sure when he wrote these words, he was thinking of his experiences as the shepherd of his sheep.

But Psalm 23 is a direct reflection of the effort our Good Shepherd puts into each lamb in His flock. And how our Lord Jesus Christ cares for us in both the good and bad times.

Let’s read this familiar scripture together and feel the comfort of our Shepherd in each verse.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

                                       Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve read this scripture so many times that now I just gloss over it.

But God wants us to find great comfort in the words His servant David and the beautiful shepherd imagery he provides so well within it.

So, let’s break down Psalm 23 the same way we did with John 10 and find out what God has to say to us.

The Lord is My Shepherd

The comforting visuals that spring to mind as I read this verse begin with the statement, the Lord is my Shepherd.

This idea of the Lord being a shepherd is something David could relate to. The way he cared for his sheep is the same way he saw God caring for him in his time of need.

And it’s what God is ready and willing to do for us too.

He makes me lie down in green pastures

The open country isn’t a safe place for sheep to lie down. They would be vulnerable to attack from predators. But green pastures and rolling hills offer sheep a place of security where they can rest.

For us, the green pastures represent a place of rest from life’s worries. Because sometimes life takes a toll on us, and we just need a rest stop along the way.

 

He leads me beside the still waters He restores my soul

A raging river is no place for timid sheep. They would be scared of the fierce tide. And bending down to drink from the rivers crashing waves would be impossible.

But still waters are the perfect thirst quencher for the sheep.

And for us too. They are a place of refreshment and restoration. Another place where we can rest from the troubles of life and allow God to restore our souls.

 

For His name’s sake

God’s name and His very nature are present in the way He cares for His flock.

Everything that He does flows from the goodness of who He is. And we should praise His Holy name because of it.

 

The valley of the shadow of death

How many times have you heard this verse read at funerals? Presumably because it mentions death.

But the valley of the shadow of death doesn’t have to mean physical death. It can.

And in David’s case, it did.

He was on the run and hiding for his life, while the king was seeking to kill him.

But the valley of the shadow of death can be anything in your life that is so overwhelming you can’t handle it without God.

It’s the thing that weighs you down and keeps you from experiencing all God has in store for you.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

In ancient times, shepherds used their rods to gently lead the sheep along a path. And the crook of their staff was used to pull a lamb from imminent danger.

Now in contemporary times, the shepherd’s rod and staff are a symbol of the care and protection we receive from our Shepherd.

He gently leads us along life’s path and pulls us back on course when we veer too far off.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

If we follow Jesus, the world will hate us and they will become our enemies. But that’s okay.

Because in the presence of our enemies, God lavishes us with His love and grace.

The table He has set for us is better than anything we could ever imagine! It is overflowing with God’s love and provision.

 

Jesus is still the Shepherd of His people today

The parable of Jesus in John 10 is as true today as it ever has been. Jesus promises us He will be our Good Shepherd through all of life’s ups and downs.

He is our door and gateway to the Father. He is our leader and example. He is the voice that we know. He is our Savior. And above all else, He is our loving Shepherd today and always.

Do you have a story to tell about how Jesus has been the Good Shepherd in your life? I’d love to know how He is shepherding you, so please leave a comment below.

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What is the Meaning of an Easter Egg? – John 11:25

What is the Meaning of an Easter Egg? John 11:25

This time of year, you might wonder… What is the meaning of an Easter egg? So, in this John 11:25 devotional, we’ll find out where this tradition comes from and why it matters to Christians during the holy season.

Easter is almost here! And as always, it promises to be a memorable one!

Cute rabbits and chocolate easter eggs dance in our minds. In our house and our church, we’re preparing for this special day. The decorations are out and the baskets are being filled.

For Christians around the world, Easter is THE holiday. It’s the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Without this holiday Christianity wouldn’t exist and there wouldn’t be a reason to celebrate at all.

But thankfully for all of us, Jesus did overcome the grave and give us a reason to celebrate on Easter Sunday and every day!

And a big part of our celebration is the annual Easter egg hunt.

Egg decorating is top of the list of fun things to do. Soon, we’ll hard-boil eggs to dye them or fill plastic eggs with jellybeans and chocolate.

The kids will have a lot of fun decorating the eggs with pretty designs. And we’ll have just as much fun hiding them and watching the kids hunt for the precious little things. Their faces lighting up in glee when they see the pastel colors peeking out from the green grass.

Easter Egg Meaning

But is there a deeper meaning behind this Easter tradition? And what is the meaning of an Easter egg?

Traditional Easter eggs represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. That’s why they are also called resurrection eggs.

The boiling symbolizes the sealing of the tomb where Jesus was laid. And the cracking of the egg is a symbol of Jesus’s resurrection, bursting forth in victory over death.

John 11:25 Meaning

The words of Jesus in John 11:25 tell us the importance of His resurrection. So, let’s read them together…

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? 

                                                  John 11:25-26 NKJV

With this one statement, Jesus told us so much about Himself and about our identity in Him as Christians.

I am the resurrection and the life…

Jesus is the resurrection. It was by His own power that He conquered death and rose from the grave. And because of the resurrection we can have forgiveness of sin and confidence in our future in heaven with Him one day.

Jesus is the life. Through His resurrection, Jesus gave us a new life we can experience through our belief in Him.

He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…

Physically we will all die, it’s just a fact. But spiritually, we have a choice of where we want to spend eternity.

If we chose to follow, Jesus we will live in heaven forever with Him! If we chose not to follow Jesus, then we won’t have this promised spiritual life after death and we will be condemned to hell.

Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…

We should be living our lives here on earth for Jesus. And we should be spreading the good news of salvation in Jesus to everyone around us.

My pastor recently put it in perspective by sharing this thought. “Jesus is the headline, we are just the paperboy.” I love that statement! It speaks volumes to me and makes me see my role so much clearer.

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Do you believe this?…

God is always concerned with the condition of our hearts. And with this simple question, Jesus is prompting us to take action!

What is the condition of our hearts? Do we believe and trust in Jesus? Are we certain about where we will go when we die? Have we given our lives over to Jesus? Are we living for Him right here and right now?

These are the questions that we need to answer before we can move forward.

I hope that you will take the time during this Easter holiday to answer these questions in your life. To really nail down what motivates you.

What does the Easter Bunny have to do with Jesus?

The Easter Bunny is another fun tradition we share during the spring season. They’re everywhere! On store shelves and in popular Easter movies.

But how does a cute Easter bunny hopping around and leaving chocolate easter eggs in your yard tie into the Easter story?

Well, the simple answer is, it doesn’t have anything to do with Jesus or the religious Easter holiday we observe as Christians.

Most likely the Easter bunny as we know it today is a twist on a pagan belief from long ago when people believed in a goddess that took on the form of a rabbit. If you’re interested you can read more about the origins of the Easter Bunny in this article from crosswalk.com.

I know, it’s a bummer. But let’s not let it keep us from enjoying the season of hope Easter brings.

For me, I see the Easter Bunny as a symbol of springtime. Because that’s when the bunnies show up in my backyard and take up residence under my lilac bush.

They bring me so much joy as I watch them lounging under its purple flowers, munching on the tall grass, and playing with each other. So, it’s hard for me to think of them as anything but joyful.

However, I think we should always defer to the Bible and its teaching. And during this time of celebrating the death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, let’s remember the truth of what this holiday means for us and our salvation.

Because it’s all about Jesus! Everything else pales in comparison.

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I truly hope by answering the question… What is the Meaning of an Easter Egg in this John 11:25 devotion, you can see how the resurrection of Jesus and this joyous season can change everything in your life for the better!

If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior yet, now is the time. The free gift of salvation is yours for the taking. All you have to do is believe that Jesus died to save you from your sin and ask Him to save you.

And if you have questions about what it means to be saved, you can read more about it in this easy-to-follow guide How to Be Saved. Or please go to your local church and ask the pastor to speak with you about it. I know they will be happy to talk with you.

If you are already a Christian and have fallen away from the faith or have lost the luster you once felt for Christ, Easter is the perfect time to reconnect with the joy of your salvation. There is a peace that only comes from knowing Jesus, and you can find it again. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

Happy Easter and May God bless you greatly!

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Monday Motivation – John 11:25

This Bible Verse for Easter is a classic for a reason! These words of Jesus are a wonderful reminder of what the Easter holiday is all about. He is the resurrection because He rose on the third day. And He is the life because through Him we have everlasting life! Be blessed by the truth of this verse. Happy Easter! 🙂

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