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The Good Shepherd is the Bloody Shepherd


This is an arresting image…and I think Pr. Rydecki manages to avoid the “in your face” attitude it would be so easy for me to lapse into if I wrote or preached this sermon.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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Sermon for Misericordias Domini – Easter 3

John 10:11-16  +  Ezekiel 34:11-16  +  1 Peter 2:21-25

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. There are so many shepherd images of God in the Bible.  The shepherd walking through green meadows with his sheep walking close behind him, leading them through green pastures, guiding them up to a gently flowing stream where they can drink and quench their thirst.  There’s the shepherd image of Jesus feeding his little lambs.  There’s the image of the shepherd comforting his sheep, carrying the little ones in his arms.  There’s the image of the shepherd leaving behind the ninety-nine to go out searching for the one that strayed, searching until he finds it and puts it up on his shoulders and brings it home.

But no shepherd image is as striking as the one before us…

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