NO BETTER SACRIFICE (JOHN 10:11-18)
A website asked this question: “What have you sacrificed for love?” Some of the answers include:
“I sacrificed my autonomy. Because when you love someone, all the things that you do when you are single and is still not committed to someone will be compromised or be left behind like hanging out with friends, playing computer games and all the stuff that will demand time.”
“Money. Friends. Going places I loved to go. Self-esteem.”
“Everything. I cease to care about myself but to care about the person I love.”
“I didn’t make any sacrifice but my parents did. They sacrificed all their time, happiness, hard-earned money for me and my sister.” (Quora.com)
The verb “sacrifice” means to surrender or give up something for the sake of something else. It is derived from the adjective “sacred,” so a sacrifice is an offering consecrated to God lovingly, not lightly.
What kind of sacrifice did Jesus make on the cross? Did He obtain material or physical benefits in return? Who was the sacrifice for? Why did Jesus offer a sacrifice at the cost of His own life?
Be Acquainted with the Shepherd
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 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. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
More than 200 sheep have plunged to their deaths in the Pyrenees while apparently trying to escape a brown bear. The bears have been reintroduced to the mountain region over the past three decades after being wiped out by hunters. The sheep, which belonged to a farmer in Couflens, south-west France, are thought to have taken fright when the bear appeared in the area last Sunday.
After the predator attacked one of the sheep, 209 others in the flock panicked and hurled themselves off a 200 metre-high cliff on the border between France and Spain. The bodies of 169 sheep were found the next day at the foot of the cliff in the Spanish village of Lladorre. The other dead animals were found in France. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/23/bear-chases-200-sheep-over-cliff-edge-france-spain
Jesus is not just a shepherd, but a good shepherd; not just a good shepherd, He is “the” good shepherd – the only divine, dutiful and dependable Shepherd of our souls. In His discourse Jesus freely used the adjective “good” to portray its superior, surpassing and stirring quality, nature and benefit, including good fruit (Matt 3:10), good works (Matt 5:16), the good ground (Matt 13:23), the good seed (Matt 13:37), a good tree (Luke 6:43) and a good heart (Luke 8:15), but only “the good shepherd” comes with article “the,” and never “a.” Good can also mean morally honorable, noble and admirable, but in the comparative sense it not only means outstanding, but outlasting and overcoming. The Greek language has no “better” or “best” other than “good.” Good is a quality for excellence and eminence, with no equal or exaggeration.