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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Our devotional reading on the Fourth Sunday of Easter comes from the letter to parents in the Arch Book The Twenty-third Psalm.

Scripture Readings

Acts 2:42–47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19–25
John 10:1–10

Read the propers for today on lutherancalendar.org.

Introduction

Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for us. He leads us to green pastures and sets us beside still waters, giving us all we need to support this body and life. He protects us from the evil one who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. As we come to the Lord’s house today, let us find rest in Him.

Devotional Reading

Psalm 23 is one of the best-known Bible passages. Most people can quote at least some of it. The poetry and imagery used in this song of praise make it a joyful, comforting passage. And while it’s appropriate to think of the Good Shepherd’s provision and protection, this psalm is best understood from the perspective of the sheep.

Today’s families dont spend much time around sheep, so we know little about them. That’s okay, but there are two things to keep in mind as we read this psalm. First, sheep have an undeserved reputation for lack of intelligence. They are, in fact, nearly as smart as pigs. However, sheep are social creatures and are easily led away. They would follow the pack over a cliff if the lead sheep were to go that way. Second, sheep have poor vision. They can’t see very far ahead of themselves.

Why is this important to us? God uses sheep in Scripture because we are like them. We tend toward a pack mentality and are easily led astray. As this psalm teaches, we need our Good Shepherd to guide us away from harm and toward the safety of His grace and mercy.

We may have 20/20 vision, but we can’t see much beyond our own wants and desires. We can’t see the green pastures or still waters of our future. Only God knows what He has in store for us. Because we have faith in God the Son as our Good Shepherd, we can trust that He is our way to salvation and will protect us along the way.

Devotional reading is from the Arch Book The Twenty-third Psalm, page 16 © 2013 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Hymn

Hymn is “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” hymn 709 from Lutheran Service Book. Video © 2017 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

Written by

Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

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