May 12, 2013 Sermon Summary
It has been 16 years since I have been called to be pastor but I feel great responsibility and fear up to this day. I feel there is much I am lacking in when I think about the responsibility of taking care of and shepherding the believers (sheep) of this church. ◆However, when I think of my smallness, I face the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the “Great Shepherd” of his people (the sheep).◆The Lord Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10-11)◆The Lord Jesus, the “Great Shepherd,” did just this by giving up his life (dying on the cross) to save us (the sheep). By doing this, he made our covenant (promise of salvation) with God the Father an eternal one and not a temporary one.◆Is there anything “eternal” in this world? The answer is “no.” Our physical health, nations, the earth’s environment will all change.◆However, the covenant made by the “Great Shepherd” Jesus will always be anew, never to change. This is an unchanging truth. That is why we can have security when we walk with Him.◆We are greatly blessed if we can be assured of the “Great Shepherd” Jesus’ presence when listening to this “benediction.” This assurance will give us encouragement and peace whatever we face.