Lent Devotions: Day 41
The Good Shepherd
Read: John 10:1-21; 19:16-27
Woman, here is your son. (19:26)
The story of the death of Jesus is not peaceful or calm. He went from Pilate to Herod and back again. He was tortured and then mocked as he was led to the place of his crucifixion and death. Yet, even in the chaos and suffering Jesus remembered his mother. As his world crumbled, he provided for his mother a second son, a further support, in the disciple John.
In this Holy Week, we remember the death of Jesus and the events leading up to it. This is a week of strong emotions. We may feel moved by stories of Christ’s righteous anger in the temple or Peter’s denial. Worship services are often somber, because we focus on the suffering that Jesus endured on our behalf.
However, as he did for Mary, Jesus also speaks words of comfort and assurance to us. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). His words are a comfort to us. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is our shepherd and he will provide for us. He guides us through the darkest valleys, protecting and comforting us, restoring our soul. In this week of remembrance, may Jesus, the good shepherd, be our comfort and guide as we navigate the valley of the shadow of death. May we know that our Lord walks with us every step of the way. –Jonathon VanderWall
Prayer: Lord, may we know your comfort and provision as you guide us through all the days of our lives.