The Loving Shepherd

Sermon April 22

The Loving Shepherd

Today’s readings are all about love. The disciples offered healing in Jesus’ name because of love. Jesus loved us so much that he laid down his life for us. Jesus is a Good Shepherd who loves us like a shepherd loves his flock. But hang on, you may ask. The reading talks about hired hands who run away when danger approaches, because they don’t love the sheep. In New Zealand our way of looking after sheep is very different from that of first century Palestine. Instead of 20 or so sheep that we know from birth, and tend to personally, sheep are farmed in huge stations, spread on top of high mountains and vast paddocks, and only see people a few times a year when they need to be dealt with. We certainly wouldn’t expect a hired worker to abandon their job because danger is near. Continue reading

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Sermon: Shepherds and loving

Sermon 26 April 2015

Felicity O’Brien

Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18

Can you imagine what was going through the minds of Annas and Caiaphas? Those names are familiar from the trial of Jesus – they are the high priests who questioned Jesus before handing him over to Pilate. Maybe they had many people brought before them on questionable religious grounds, like claiming to heal someone, or claiming to be the Son of God. Now they thought they had dealt with the problem from Galilee, that Jesus fellow. But here were two more guys healing someone! I think that they must have known what the answer might be when they asked,By what power and in whose name have you done this?”Maybe they were bracing themselves for the answer. Continue reading